SADC chair briefs incoming chairperson

news-image

Timo Shihepo

 Windhoek - SADC chairperson Dr Hage Geingob has said that the regional bloc is doing what it can to ensure safe elections in order to uphold democratic values in the region.

Geingob also said despite concluding the elections chapter for the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), persisting problems in SADC’s new member state, Comoros, remain unresolved. Human right activists and opposition parties are accusing President Azali Assoumani of running the country like a dictator.

Geingob was speaking at State House on Monday when briefing his deputy, incoming SADC Chairperson and Tanzania’s President Dr John Magufuli on what was happening around the SADC region.

“There are things happening in Comoros. I am trying to target it through South Africans – using former presidents. I got a letter from the opposition (parties in Comoros), saying that things are not good,” said Geingob.

The Southern Times understands that Geingob is looking at sending former South African President Thabo Mbeki to mediate and bring about change that would eventually restore order and peace to politically troubled Comoros.

Geingob also briefed Magufuli on the developments unfolding in Botswana, whereby former President Ian Khama is reported to have joined the opposition party ahead of elections this year as the relationship between him and his successor Mokgweetsi Masisi deteriorates.

Geingob said he will handle that problem himself by organising a meeting between the two as it was not a problem that was out of order.

“But I am not going to bother you with problems until you get into the seat. I hope I don’t leave you with a lot of problems. The DRC issue, we have handled. We have been on telephone calls with you (as the deputy chairperson of SADC). The mere fact that peaceful elections took place in DRC, in itself, it’s an achievement. I told my brother (DRC president, Felix Tshisekedi) that you don’t make peace with friends but with enemies and that as a leader he must try to be inclusive,” said Geingob.

On the Burundi’s application to join SADC, Geingob told Magufuli that he will be handing over that issue to him as it’s not a big problem.

At the same meeting, Magufuli complimented Geingob and Namibia for the work they have been doing.

“You are the chairman, I am your deputy chairman and the way you are doing decisions as the chair, I always follow as you are my boss,” he said with humour.

 

LEAVE A COMMENT

Comments

Be with us

  • 230500likes
  • 757subscribers
  • A PHP Error was encountered

    Severity: Notice

    Message: Undefined offset: 1

    Filename: includes/right_side.php

    Line Number: 211

    Backtrace:

    File: /var/www/html/application/views/frontend/includes/right_side.php
    Line: 211
    Function: _error_handler

    File: /var/www/html/application/views/frontend/includes/right_side.php
    Line: 216
    Function: scrape_insta

    File: /var/www/html/application/views/frontend/site/news_template/First.php
    Line: 142
    Function: view

    File: /var/www/html/application/views/frontend/includes/template1.php
    Line: 3
    Function: view

    File: /var/www/html/application/controllers/Site.php
    Line: 413
    Function: view

    File: /var/www/html/index.php
    Line: 316
    Function: require_once

  • 13comments
image

Poachers have broken into Botswana’s p Read more...

10 Aug, 2018 at 01:58 PM

image

In a sign that Botswana is likely to cli Read more...

02 Jul, 2018 at 09:26 AM

image

DAR ES SALAAM - DIRECTIVES on online for Read more...

02 Jul, 2018 at 01:24 PM

image

Gaborone - Poachers have broken into Bot Read more...

04 Feb, 2019 at 07:35 AM

image

SADC leaders meeting in Tanzania this we Read more...

19 Aug, 2019 at 01:51 PM

image

Sinikiwe Marodza and Tadious Manyepo Ha Read more...

16 Sep, 2019 at 01:18 PM

image

All countries in the Southern African De Read more...

16 Sep, 2019 at 01:04 PM

image

Gaborone - The first Ambassador of the S Read more...

16 Sep, 2019 at 12:53 PM

image

Windhoek - Namibia’s efforts to quell Read more...

16 Sep, 2019 at 12:45 PM

image

That Robert Mugabe was an African hero a Read more...

16 Sep, 2019 at 12:43 PM

image

Miss Namibia crowned Read more...

20 Mar, 2018 at 05:50 AM

image

Lusaka - Amid myriad criticisms from soc Read more...

14 Dec, 2018 at 06:28 AM

image

Windhoek - Tanzania has been outperformi Read more...

24 Sep, 2018 at 09:29 AM

image

Johannesburg - The year ahead will be ke Read more...

28 Jan, 2019 at 09:44 AM

image

Heads of state and ministers who travell Read more...

30 Jul, 2018 at 02:01 PM