LUANDA– South African President Cyril Ramaphosa, the current Chair of the Southern African Development Community (SADC), has urged the governments of Lesotho and the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), as well as the opposition parties in the two countries to start their reform processes in earnest.
Attending an SADC Double Trokia meeting in the Angolan capital, Luanda, Tuesday, Ramaphosa called on Lesotho to prioritise constitutional reforms and complete the process in the shortest period of time.
The SADC Double Troika refers to the SADC Troika of South Africa (Chair of SADC), Namibia (Deputy Chair), Kingdom of Swaziland (Outgoing Chair), as well as Angola (Chair of the SADC Organ on Politics Defence and Security), Zambia (Incoming Chair of Organ) and Tanzania (Outgoing Chair of Organ).
The Heads of State and government of the countries concerned were meeting in Luanda Angola to consider the political security environment of the SADC region.
Ramaphosa said constitutional reforms remained a cornerstone towards political stability and would constitute the edifice of all other sectorial reforms, including security.
He added that the SADC was committed to bringing about stability through the work of the institution’s facilitator, deployment of the Oversight Committee and the deployment of SADC Preventive Mission.
With regards to the DRC, Ramaphosa said the meeting welcomed progress made in the December 2016 Political Agreement as demonstrated by the national IEC. The people of the DRC deserve support in their quest to find a lasting solution to the challenges facing their country, he added.
This is a sentiment echoed by the chairperson of the SADC Organ on Defence, Politics and Security, Angolan President Joao Lourenco.
With regards to Zimbabwe, Lourenco said he was encouraged by the transitional progress taking place in that country.
The summit discussed conflicts in the region and creating a conducive environment for peace and stability to reign.
Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK