sadc-symbol.jpgThe SADC Headquarters in central Gaborone, Botswana, have been officially opened.


The occasion was witnessed by Presidents Jacob Zuma of South Africa, Joseph Kabila of the Democratic Republic of Congo, Hifikepunye Pohamba of Namibia, Bingu Wa Mutharika of Malawi, Sir Ian Khama Seretse Khama of Botswana and Robert Mugabe of Zimbabwe.


The six Presidents planted trees at the SADC Headquarters.


Meanwhile, the SADC Troika meeting in Gaborone, Botswana, failed to take off on Friday night due to the fact that there was no quorum.


Chairman of the Troika, Zambian President Rupia Banda and his deputy, Mozambican President Armando Guebuza, did not pitch up for the Troika summit.


The Troika summit was expected to have consultations with the three principals in the Global Political Agreement on the progress and challenges of the inclusive government.


The meeting was called by the MDC-T which has been protesting against the appointment of governors and judges and the re-assigning of six ambassadors by the Head of State and Government and Commander-in-Chief of the Zimbabwe Defence Forces, President Robert Mugabe.


Sources at the meeting said the MDC-T has been frantically making false claims that there is a crisis in the government in Zimbabwe in order to draw unnecessary attention on the country.


In another development, Angolan President José Eduardo Dos Santos has expressed his country’s solidarity with Zimbabwe in the face of challenges being experienced by the inclusive government.
In a special message delivered by the Angolan Foreign Affairs Minister, George Chicoty, President Dos Santos wished the people of Zimbabwe peace and stability, saying the region is keen to see a peaceful election being held in Zimbabwe as the inclusive government expires.

Meanwhile, Zimbabwe and SADC have signed an agreement for the handover of the SADC regional peace keeping training center which is currently situated at KG6 in Harare.


Under the agreement the regional peace keeping training center will be relocated to St Lucia Park in Marlborough to accommodate the center’s expansion and full establishment.


The centre was established for the African Union for purposes of the training needs of the African Union stand by peace keeping forces.


SADC Heads of State and Governments, including President Mugabe, are currently in Botswana for the official opening of the SADC Headquarters in central Gaborone today.


The opening will be followed by a SADC Extraordinary Summit which will focus on various issues affecting the region.