News / Africa

African Leaders to Meet Over DRC Security Situation

Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe, center, and fellow regional leaders arrive for 15-nation SADC summit, Maputo, Mozambique, (file photo)
Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe, center, and fellow regional leaders arrive for 15-nation SADC summit, Maputo, Mozambique, (file photo)
Peter Clottey
Heads of state and governments in both the Southern African and the Great Lakes regions plan to meet in the South African capital, Pretoria, Monday, to review the security situation in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

The summit is organized by the Southern African Development Community (SADC) and the International Conference on the Great Lakes Region (ICGLR).

It’s the follow-up to an agreement signed between the two groups last February to find ways of addressing the security challenges within the DRC.

“This [summit] is a follow up to ensure that there is a full implementation of this framework [and] to review the implementation process and a way forward,” said Tanki Mothae, SADC’s director of politics, defense and security cooperation.

The meeting comes after the Congo’s national army (FARDC) recaptured the country’s eastern town of Bunagana, one of the last remaining strongholds of the M23 rebels. The conflict has displaced thousands of civilians.

The U.N. refugee agency (UNHCR) says up to 10,000 civilians are seeking shelter in Uganda.

The DRC is politically affiliated to both the ICGLR and the SADC.
Mothae is hopeful leaders in the two regional blocs will find a lasting solution to the security crisis in the DRC.

“The two regions have always [worked] very closely together to address the security situation in the two regions, and things are moving very positively in that at least there is an understanding, that there is a need for the eastern Congo to have peace,” said Mothae. “We hope that when our principals finish this meeting, there would be a very clear direction as to what will [and] has been done.”

“That is the time that the people in that region should listen to the message that is going to come out of this meeting,” said Mothae.

He said both SADC and the ICGLR want to reassure Congolese affected by the conflicts that regional leaders are determined to end the insecurity in their country.

“We want to see a Congo which is peaceful and focusing on economic development and [uplifting] of the social wellbeing of the citizens of the eastern DRC,” said Mothae. “SADC has always been committed to work with all partners in ensuring that there is peace and security in eastern Congo.”

The heads of state and government meeting was preceded by a foreign ministers meeting that looked at the agenda and the modalities of the summit on Monday.
Clottey interview with Lt. Col. (rtd) Tanki Mothae SADC senior official
Clottey interview with Lt. Col. (rtd) Tanki Mothae SADC senior officiali
|| 0:00:00
...
 
🔇
X

You May Like

Hong Kong Democracy Calls Spread to Macau

Macau and Hong Kong are China’s two 'special administrative regions' which gives them a measure of autonomy More

After Nearly 2 Years, Pistorius Remains Elusive

Reporter Anita Powell reflects on her experience covering the Olympic athlete's murder trial More

Kenyan Coastal Town Struggles With Deadly June Attacks

Three months after al-Shabab militants allegedly attacked their town, some Mpeketoni residents are still bitter, question who was really behind the assaults More

This forum has been closed.
Comment Sorting
Comments
     
by: Stevenson from: Malmo, Sweden
November 04, 2013 3:17 AM
Why Black and Arab African countries have to experience the never-ending political crisis, civil war, regional war, tribal/clan fighting?.
South Sudan, the newest country in the world, is already in the midst of tribal war. Why so? Please help me understand this!


by: Jozeni from: Dar
November 03, 2013 2:08 PM
ICGR Leaders especialy Kenya,Uganda and Rwanda,should come to Pretoria to learn how SADC can keep and enforce peace. Because many times i see them full of jokes with hiden agenda.

In Response

by: Kabongo from: Omaha-ne
November 03, 2013 10:58 PM
Thanks Jozeni. You say something true. With especially Uganda and Rwanda, they have hiden agenda always. The problem in the African Great Lakes is to ask Kagame and Museveni to stop to be the predators of congolese minerals.

Featured Videos

Your JavaScript is turned off or you have an old version of Adobe's Flash Player. Get the latest Flash player.
Obama to Ramp Up Anti-Ebola Efforts in Africai
X
Luis Ramirez
September 15, 2014 11:01 PM
President Barack Obama on Tuesday will unveil his plan to ramp up efforts against the spread of the Ebola virus in Africa. VOA White House Correspondent Luis Ramirez reports.
Video

Video Obama to Ramp Up Anti-Ebola Efforts in Africa

President Barack Obama on Tuesday will unveil his plan to ramp up efforts against the spread of the Ebola virus in Africa. VOA White House Correspondent Luis Ramirez reports.
Video

Video West Trades Accusations Over Ransoms

As world leaders try to forge a common response to the threat posed by Islamic State militants in Iraq and Syria, there is simmering tension over differing policies on paying ransoms. In the past month, the jihadist group has beheaded two Americans and one Briton. Both countries refuse to pay ransom money. As Henry Ridgwell reports for VOA from London, there is uncertainty in the approach of some other European nations.
Video

Video Scotland Independence Bid Stokes Global Interest

The people of Scotland are preparing to vote on whether to become independent and break away from the rest of Britain, in a referendum being watched carefully in many other countries. Some see it as a risky experiment; while others hope a successful vote for independence might energize their own separatist demands. Foreign immigrants to Scotland have a front row seat for the vote. VOA’s Henry Ridgwell spoke to some of them in Edinburgh.
Video

Video Washington DC Mural Artists Help Beautify City

Like many cities, Washington has a graffiti problem. Buildings and homes, especially in low-income neighborhoods, are often targets of illegal artwork. But as we hear from VOA’s Julie Taboh, officials in the nation's capital have come up with an innovative program that uses the talents of local artists to beautify the city.
Video

Video US Muslim Leaders Condemn Islamic State

Leaders of America's Muslim community are condemning the violent extremism of the Islamic State group in Iraq and Syria. The U.S. Muslim leaders say militants are exploiting their faith in a failed effort to justify violent extremism. VOA correspondent Meredith Buel reports.
Video

Video Americans' Reaction Mixed on Obama Strategy for Islamic State Militants

President Barack Obama’s televised speech on how the United States plans to “degrade and destroy” the group known as the Islamic State reached a prime-time audience of millions. And it came as Americans appear more willing to embrace a bolder, tougher approach to foreign policy. VOA producer Katherine Gypson and reporter Jeff Seldin have this report from Washington.
Video

Video Authorities Allege LA Fashion Industry-Cartel Ties

U.S. officials say they have broken up crime rings that funneled tens of millions of dollars from Mexican drug cartels through fashion businesses in Los Angeles. Mike O'Sullivan reports that authorities announced nine arrests, as 1,000 law enforcement agents fanned out through the city on Wednesday.
Video

Video Bedouin Woman Runs Successful Business in Palestinian City

A Bedouin woman is breaking social taboos by running a successful vacation resort in the Palestinian town of Jericho. Bedouins are a sub-group of Arabs known for their semi-nomadic lifestyle. Zlatica Hoke says the resort in the West Bank's Jordan Valley is a model of success for women in the region.


Carnage and mayhem are part of daily life in northern Nigeria, the result of a terror campaign by the Islamist group Boko Haram. Fears are growing that Nigeria’s government may not know how to counter it, and may be making things worse. More

AppleAndroid