PRESIDENT Hage Geingob said the signing of a solemn Peace Pledge Agreement in Maputo last week, the peaceful transfer of political power in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and the welcoming of the Comoros into the fold of the Southern African Development Community were the highlights of his tenure as the Chairperson of SADC.
At the opening of the Omusati Region’s Town Hall meeting in Outappi earlier on Tuesday, the President informed the people attending the event that the meeting slated for last week had be postponed due to the invitation he received to witness the signing of the historic Peace Pledge Agreement in Mozambique that will ensure that the people of that country would be able to exercise their democratic right to vote without fear of violence and intimidation for the party of their choice.
Dr. Geingob was expected to host Omusati town hall meeting last week Tuesday, after concluding the Oshana Region’s meeting last Monday, but the schedule changed unexpectedly because of the Mozambican engagement.
The President said witnessing the signing of the Peace Pledge Agreement in Maputo was without a doubt one of the highlights of what has been a fulfilling year as Chairperson of the SADC.
“Indeed, this was a crowning moment for me and I am pleased to have been invited to witness the momentous occasion, before I hand over the chairmanship to my Brother President John Pombe Joseph Magufuli next week.”
During the venet in Maputo President Geingob said: “What you have been able to accomplish collectively, as the People of Mozambique, is a giant step forward for the entire region and continent. For this is the day you say no to violence.”
It was reported that Geingob stated that the Peace Accord and Signing of the Peace Pledge are in line with the 50th Anniversary of the Solemn Declaration of the African Union, in which the Heads of State and Governments pledged to ‘silence the guns’ and end all wars by December 2020, as part of efforts to promote an integrated, prosperous, and peaceful Africa.
He said Mozambique has shown that ‘silencing the guns’ is not mere rhetoric.
“You have walked the talk. To buttress your commitment to Silencing the Guns, the SADC urges all parties to implement the Disarmament, Demobilisation and Reintegration (DDR) process and in this regard, stands ready to support the Republic of Mozambique in her preparations for an International Conference to mobilize funds for the DDR process.”