The Head of State and Government and Commander-in-Chief of the Zimbabwe Defence Forces, President Robert Mugabe has arrived in the Angolan capital, Luanda for the 31st Ordinary Session of the Southern African Development Community (SADC).Â
Cde Mugabeâ€™s delegation includes Professor Author Mutambara and the Minister of Transport, Communication and Infrastructure Development, Cde Nicholas Goche, while Defence Minister Emmerson Mnangagwa led an advance delegation to the summit.
The summit takes place at a time when the region is working towards economic integration in the economic sphere by aiming to move towards a single customs union, a single monetary unit and a common passport.
On the political stage, the SADC region is under siege from the erstwhile colonisers who seek to effect regime change to remove the ruling liberation parties and replace them with regimes that pander to the whims and machinations of western capitals.
The liberation parties in the various countries have now embarked on the path to close ranks and work together to preserve what the liberation parties fought for and the right to self determination.
At their second such meeting held in Windhoek Namibia on the 10th and 11th August, the leaders of the MPLA of Angola, FRELIMO of Mozambique , Chama Cha Mapinduzi of Tanzania, SWAPO of Namibia and Zanu PF of Zimbabwe resolved to meet on the sidelines of annual SADC summits so that they are at the centre of activities of the block they created.
The summit in Luanda will begin with a report by the outgoing SADC Chairman, President Hifikepunye Pohamba of Namibia after which the incoming Chairperson, President Jose Eduardo Dos Santos of Angola will address the meeting.
The Heads of State and Government will use the platform to review the situation in the region in aspects such as food security and HIV and AIDS.
The region will also examine the progress made on regional integration where various sub-sectors will also present their progress reports.
The summit will examine the world financial crisis and its impact on SADC.
Contrary to reports being peddled by some sections of the private media, there is no specific session on Zimbabwe.
Sources say the Chairperson of the Organ on Politics, Defence and Security Cooperation and Zambian President, Rupia Banda, will present a report reviewing progress on all problematic areas in the region.
These include Madagascar, Malawi, DRC and Zimbabwe.
They also revealed that SADC has rejected a request by NGOs to be elevated to state partiesâ€™ status which gives them full recognition as signatories to the SADC treaty.