SADC not worse off than rest of Africa: Geingob

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Windhoek – Namibia’s President Hage Geingob, in his capacity as Chairperson of the Southern African Development Community (SADC), has said although there are “flashpoints” in the region, it is not worse off than other parts of Africa.

The Head of State said this when he was speaking to Norwegian Foreign Affairs Minister and Special Envoy Ambassador Arild Retvedt Øyen, who delivered a letter from his Prime Minister, Erna Solberg, at State House on Tuesday.

Although the content of the letter was not disclosed to the media, Øyen asked for Geingob’s advice, in his capacity as the SADC Chairperson, on Norway’s endeavour to have a non-permanent seat on the United Nations Security Council.

He also asked for an overview of the political situation in the region.

“We know you are the chairperson of the SADC and maybe you can give us some of your views on the situation in the region,” he requested.

Geingob told the special envoy that SADC has two flashpoints, however, the region is not worse off than other parts of Africa.

“Starting with Madagascar, elections were held and so far it’s peaceful. 

They are only complaining about the time of counting of the ballot,” he said.

Lesotho is also making progress, he said, adding that the national multi-stakeholder dialogue for national reform took place.

“Some were not happy. You cannot make everybody happy with these kinds of issues, but the dialogue took place. The former Prime Minister [Pakalitha Mosisili] was there, so I’m very happy,” he noted.

On the Democratic Republic of Congo’s situation, the Namibian leader said the SADC leadership is still analysing the situation of an agreement among opposition parties in the DRC to field a single candidate.

“If that will make them come together and participate in the elections, and that we get the results, that will be good,” he said.

Geingob also indicated that he was expecting a visit from the DRC’s ruling party candidate Emmanuel Ramazani Shadary.

“He wants to brief me much better and thereafter I will be wiser and I will send the message to you,” he said.

Shadary will contest against Parliamentarian Martin Fayulu, who was collectively chosen by representatives of the DRC’s opposition parties.

Øyen left Namibia for Pretoria, South Africa, on Wednesday. - Nampa

 

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