South Africa: Kabila's Government Rejects Thabo Mbeki As Special Envoy to DRC

Left: DRC President Joseph Kabila. Right: Former South African president Thabo Mbeki.
analysis

DRC government spokesman says special envoys to his country act like "proconsuls".

Democratic Republic of Congo President Joseph Kabila has rejected President Cyril Ramaphosa's appointment of former President Thabo Mbeki as South Africa's Special Envoy to that country.

Mbeki's appointment was confirmed by Ramaphosa's spokesperson Khusela Diko at the weekend, after the summit of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) in Windhoek.

At first Kabila's government appeared to welcome the appointment. DRC minister of communication and government spokesman Lambert Mende said on Monday that his government had been informed of the decision and was open to any proposals from SADC.

But later Kabila's foreign policy adviser Barnabe Kikaya bin Karubi told DRC media that Kabila's government would not be accrediting any further special envoys to DRC. He said that the special envoys of the past, including those of the European Union, the UK and the US, had not served the DRC's interests.

Kikaya singled out the two last US special envoys to the Great...

See What Everyone is Watching

More From: Daily Maverick

Don't Miss

AllAfrica publishes around 600 reports a day from more than 150 news organizations and over 500 other institutions and individuals, representing a diversity of positions on every topic. We publish news and views ranging from vigorous opponents of governments to government publications and spokespersons. Publishers named above each report are responsible for their own content, which AllAfrica does not have the legal right to edit or correct.

Articles and commentaries that identify allAfrica.com as the publisher are produced or commissioned by AllAfrica. To address comments or complaints, please Contact us.