Leaders of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) have expressed concern over the continued instability in the Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).
According to the communique released at the end of the 42nd Ordinary Summit of SADC Heads of State and Government held on 18th August in Kinshasa, DRC the southern African leaders noted with concern the growing instability in the region and have since mandated the Chairperson of the Ministerial Committee Organ to engage the United Nations.
The Summit resolved that the Ministerial Organ should engage the UN Secretary General at the forth-coming UNGA summit due in September this year to lobby for more support towards improving security DRC.
It reads: “The Summit expressed concern and solidarity on the latest security developments in the Eastern DR, and mandated the Chairperson of the Ministerial Committee of the Organ Troika FIB Troop Contribution Countries (TCCs), to engage the UN Secretary General on the margins of the UN General Assembly in September 2022, to explore all avenues to support efforts towards improving the security situation.”
Apart from the volatile instability in in the DRC, the SADC leaders also have mandated the Organ to convene an Exra-ordinary Summit of the Organ Troika to plus Eswatini, at a date to be determined, aimed at finding peaceful and lasting solution to the security challenges facing the country.
Further, the communique reports that the SADC Heads of State and Government have approved of the extension of SADC Mission in Cabo Delgado Province, in the northern part of the Republic of Mozambique.
“Summit received updates on the security situation in Cabo Delgado Province, in the northern part of the Republic of Mozambique, and approved the extension of the SADC Mission in Mozambique (SAMIM) and its related processes,” reads the statement.
On a positive note, the Southern African leaders applauded the people of Zambia for holding successful elections and peaceful transition of power and expressed optimism that the Republic of Angola and the Kingdom of Lesotho will manage similar fits as they hold their general elections and national assembly elections in August and October this year, respectively.
The 42nd SADC Summit of Heads of State and Government was themed ‘Promoting Industrialization, Agro-Processing, Mineral Beneficiation, and Regional Value Chains for Inclusive and Resilient Economic Growth’.
During the summit, President Lazarus McCarthy Chakwera handed over the Chairmanship of SADC to DRC President Felix Tshisekedi.