4th September 2012
Dar es Salaam
President Jakaya Kikwete of Tanzania who is the current chairman of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) Troika on Peace, Defence and Security, yesterday received Mozambican President Armando Guebuza, who is current SADC chairman. President Kikwete has convened a Troika meeting today 4th September 2012, which is to be attended by leaders from Mozambique, Namibia and South Africa to discuss peace and security situation in the Region. Guebuza is accompanied by his foreign minister, Oldemiro Baloi.
President Jakaya Kikwete will chair a one-day meeting of the troika of the SADC on Political, Defence and Security in Dar es Salaam.
Other leaders expected to attend the meeting include South African President Jacob Zuma, President Hifikepunye Pohamba of Namibia who is the vice chairperson of the Troika and President Joseph Kabila of the Democratic Republic of Congo.
This is the first meeting since Tanzania was elected to the chairmanship of the Troika at the SADC summit held in Mozambique last month.
Among the agenda in the action plan which Tanzania inherited include the security situation in the Eastern DRC, Zimbabwe’s constitution process and the Madagascar question.
President Kabila is attending following talks Guebuza held last Monday with his Rwandan counterpart, Paul Kagame in Kigali.
SADC in its last summit held in Mozambique two weeks ago decided that Guebuza, who is currently chairman of the grouping, deal with the issue in DR Congo as soon as possible.
The SADC accuses Rwanda of supporting rebels in the DR Congo, who are fighting against the government of Kabila, an accusation rejected by Kigali.
A renewed vigour to forge the SADC vision of regional integration and infrastructure development was expressed during the climax of the Maputo summit.
President Kikwete expressed determination to intensify a peace-plan for the politically-troubled member countries and hailed his predecessor, President Zuma, for doing a good job.
“We are grateful for his outstanding leadership, dedication and commitment to the work of the organ during his tour of duty.
“Surely, we will benefit and build on the good work he and other members of the Troika Organ have done,” he said.
On Madagascar, President Kikwete was quoted at the summit saying Tanzania was picking the baton of leadership of the SADC organ on politics, defence and security at a time when a lot of ground had been covered with regard to the crisis in the oceanic island.
“We will not and should not give up until a lasting solution is found,” he said.
On Zimbabwe, President Kikwete said like in Madagascar, remarkable progress had been made.
On the security situation in the DRC, President Kikwete empathised with the suffering inflicted on innocent civilians and the retardation of development in that country.
“We will work closely with other members of the Troika of SADC organ on politics, defence and security to oversee SADC’s active involvement in finding peaceful resolution of the crisis in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo.
“The ongoing security and humanitarian crises in this member State of our organisation is very disturbing and unacceptable.
“The Congolese people have suffered for too long. They deserve to get a break and live better,” he said.