sadc-symbol.jpgThe SADC Troika Summit has been officially opened in the resort town of Livingston, Zambia by the Chairperson of the Organ on Politics, Defence and Security, President Rupiah Banda of Zambia, who called on member states to formulate mechanisms to address issues of governance and electoral dispute.

 

 

President Banda said while the region has continued to enjoy peace and stability, there is need to urgently address certain political tensions in the region through such mechanisms as the SADC Electoral Advisory Council which is the mediation reference group for the region.

 

He urged SADC leaders to consolidate democracy by establishing institutions that uphold good governance through various international laws and conventions under the African Union and United Nations.

The summit is expected to receive a report from the Ministerial Committee of the Organ and focus on critical points relating to the political and security situation in the SADC region.

 

SADC mediator on Madagascar and former Mozambican President, Joaquim Chissano, has tabled his report on the political situation on the country.

South African President, Jacob Zuma will later present his report on the political situation in Zimbabwe as SADC mediator on Zimbabwe’s Global Political Agreement.

Head of State and Government and Commander-in-Chief of the Zimbabwe Defence Forces, President Robert Mugabe is leading a high powered delegation comprising Zanu PF chief negotiator of the GPA, Cde Patrick Chinamasa, Cde Emmerson Mnangagwa and Cde Nicholas Goche.

Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai is accompanied by the MDC-T negotiator, Mr Tendai Biti, while Professor Arthur Mutambara, the third principal of the GPA, Professor Welshman Ncube and Mrs Priscilla Misihairabwi-Mushonga are representing MDC.

 

Meanwhile, the SADC Troika Summit says it still recognises Professor Arthur Mutambara as one of the three principals to the GPA as there has not been any official communication from the Zimbabwean government regarding any change of leadership in the MDC.