Zuma to Appoint Zimbabwe Monitoring Team

The summit communiqué which was released at the end of the summit reaffirmed the decisions of the last SADC summit held in Johannesburg, South Africa tasking the SADC organ troika on politics, defence and security to appoint a team of officials to work with the Joint Monitoring and Implementation Committee (JOMIC).

“Summit took note of progress in the implementation of its decisions taken during the Extra Ordinary Summit in June 2011. Summit urged the parties to the Global Political Agreement to remain committed to the implementation of the agreement and finalise the roadmap for resolving outstanding issues,” read the communiqué, released yesterday afternoon at the end of the summit at the Talatona, Convention Centre in Luanda.

“Summit reaffirmed its decision of the Sandton Extra Ordinary Summit and urged the troika of the organ to appoint a team of officials to join the facilitation team and work with the JOMIC to ensure monitoring, evaluation and implementation of the GPA. The troika shall develop the terms of reference, time frames and provide regular progress reports. Summit will review progress on the implementation of the GPA and take appropriate action.”

Zuma is the new chairperson of the SADC organ troika on politics, defence and security.

Mozambican President Armando Guebuza was elected by the 31st SADC summit as the deputy chairperson of the regional body. He will take over as SADC chairperson next year. Tanzanian President Jakaya Kikwete Mrisho was also elected as Zuma’s deputy at the SADC organ troika.

The summit also discussed political problems in Madagascar, Lesotho and DRC.

Malawi president, Bingu wa Mutharika who did not attend the Luanda meeting was said to have sent a letter telling the regional leaders the steps he was taking to deal with the political problems in his country.