10 February 2019

Southern Africa: SADC Chair Engages UN Chief Over Zimbabwe and DRC

Windhoek — SADC chairperson and Namibian President Hage Geingob on Sunday engaged the United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres over the unstable political situations in both Zimbabwe and the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

A statement released by Namibian president's office said Geingob engaged the UN chief on the sidelines of the ongoing African Union meeting in Ethiopia to give him feedback on the ongoing situation in both Zimbabwe and DRC.

"I just concluded this morning talks with the SG of the UN. We discussed the political situation in the DRC, Zimbabwe and wider SADC region. We agreed on the complementary nature of SADC and the UN efforts to improve governance and the quality of life of SADC citizens," Geingob said.

Zimbabwe is currently experiencing civil strife over skyrocketing cost of living which saw ordinary people taking to the streets to demonstrate against high fuel prices last month.

However the military has been accused of gross human rights abuses although Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangagwa told his counterparts in the region that all is well in his country.

The DRC has been sitting on a political knife edge since the election that saw new president Felix Tshisekedi winning. Opposition in that country however contested the results.

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