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    Southern African Leaders to Meet in Zimbabwe

    FILE - Botswana President Ian Khama (L) walks alongside Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe (R) during a lunch break at the SADC summit in Maputo, June 15, 2013.
    FILE - Botswana President Ian Khama (L) walks alongside Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe (R) during a lunch break at the SADC summit in Maputo, June 15, 2013.
    Peter Clottey

    Preparations are almost complete ahead of the Southern African Development Community’s (SADC) heads of state summit scheduled next week in Zimbabwe, according to Tanki Mothae, SADC Director of Politics, Defense and Security Cooperation.

    He said the leaders will discuss deepening bilateral relations between member states.  Peace and security issues are also on the agenda, topped by the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) where various rebel groups often attack unarmed civilians.

    Mothae said the regional bloc has partnered with the United Nations Mission to Congo (MONUSCO) to help defeat the armed groups. He says SADC is pleased with its efforts to ensure peace in the region.

    “We are working very hard to ensure that SADC remains stable,” said Mothae. “We are dealing with the security issues in the DRC. SADC is continuously participating with the international community in defeating the Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda [FDLR], which continues to disarm.”

    He said elections recently held in member countries have been peaceful and without violence as observed by SADC regional election monitoring teams.

    “We recently completed elections in Madagascar, we had elections in South Africa in May and another election in Malawi where the incumbent president lost and there was a very peaceful transition from the other government to the new government,” said Mothae. “We are now preparing for elections in Mozambique, then the next elections will be in Botswana then we have elections in Namibia.”

    Critics say the regional bloc failed to ensure credible elections in disputed elections in both Zimbabwe and Malawi, where oppositions groups rejected the outcome of the votes. But Mothae disagreed.

    “Whoever wishes SADC to be unstable that is the person who can say that. SADC as an organization has been part of the [electoral] processes not even the Malawian citizens or even the Zimbabwe citizens are complaining about the electoral processes,” he said.                 

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    by: Josiah
    August 15, 2014 10:46 AM
    SADC Director Tanki Mothae, perhaps you can refresh your memory on Gukhuranhundi, Murambatsvina, the 2008 Elections and land seizures in Zimbabwe, where humanitarian issues are of great concern, yet the focus is adeptly shifted to other issues in Africa, in the hope that the above matters will just "disappear" and be forgotten. Fortunately they are all recorded and cannot simply be erased by SADC

    by: Jaru from: Asia
    August 14, 2014 11:57 PM
    SADC, you have a lot to do in Africa, but I hope this is not a trick to play other countries natural resource! Since the African start to send troops in the Eastern Congo, we have see the people of the Eastern Congo very happy! Please, the United Nations Mission to Congo (MONUSCO) is not helping anything! this commission have been establish in Congo for more than 15 years now but only troubles is the results of them. When the African stand up against Rwanda and Uganda in DRC Congo, we can see most of the Rebels groups who were/are creating by Rwandans and Uganda are more in danger and fear to kill innocents people.

    For you guys to help congo now is to make sure Joseph Kabila will step down, if not, more than thousands people will be kill, because people and politics opposition part are not welcome Kabila anymore!!!! Kabila have got his own armies (not FARDC armie, FARDC is national armies) and his own securities guards! So people are really scare about this!!!! We are all Africa! And we should help one each other!!! People really have to forget about the United Nations Mission to Congo (MONUSCO), they have done nothing to help Congolese people

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