SOUTHERN AFRICA REMAIN STABLE, SAYS SADC EXEC SECY

WINDHOEK– Despite the situation in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) remaining unstable and incidents threatening national security in Lesotho being not uncommon, the Southern African Development Community (SADC) sub-region is very much stable, says SADC Executive Secretary Dr Stergomena Lawrence Tax.

Speaking to Nampa after paying a courtesy call on President Hage Geingob at State House here Monday, she said: “We don’t see any political instability in Zimbabwe. We don’t see any political instability in South Africa. Every country has her own constitution. So as long as everything is done in line with the guiding rules and the constitution, as the SADC, we don’t think we should intervene.”

She explained that during the transition in Zimbabwe last year which saw President Emmerson Mnangagwa ascend to power, bringing an end to President Robert Mugabe’s 30-year rule of the country the SADC remained firm in its position.

“We made it very clear that everything should be done in line with the African Union )AU) Constitutive Act, and SADC democratic principles. And that was done. They used their parliament and that parliament made its decision,” Tax explained.

Tax called on the rest of the world to shift attention to Zimbabwe’s elections on Monday. “I think the focus should be on elections, that indeed elections should be as democratically as we expect and peaceful and fair,” she stressed.

Tax indicated that the meeting with President Geingob was basically a touch-base visit, as Namibia prepares to assume the SADC chair in August.

“It was to brief him on our preparations, where we are. We have discussed what should be the agenda. The agenda has been endorsed. We have discussed how to operationalise the theme,” she said.

The 38th ordinary SADC summit will take place in Windhoek on Aug 17 and 18, under the theme, “Promoting Infrastructure Development and Youth Empowerment for Sustainable Development”.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK