SADC DECIDES TO SEND ANGOLA, SOUTH AFRICAN PRESIDENTS TO HARARE TO ASSESS SITUATION

LUANDA, The SADC Troika on Politics, Defence and Security Co-operation has decided to send the Angolan and South African Heads of State — President JoAPound o Lourenco and President Jacob Zuma respectively — to Harare to evaluate the current situation in Zimbabwe, where President Robert Mugabe tendered his resignation later Tuesday evening.

The mission is set to assess the situation on the ground and search for a solution to the crisis following mounting pressures on Mugabe to step down but is now overtaken by events with Mugabe’s resignation. The decision was taken at the Troika Summit of the Southern African Development Community (SADC), the 15-nation bloc whose membership includes, Zimbabwe, South Africa, Angola and Zambia.

Zambian President Edward Lungu also attended the Troika summit here and returned home after the meeting. President Zuma is the current Chair of the SADC, while Lourenco is head of Organ on Defence and Security Policies. The SADC had expressed its deep concern about the political situation in member State Zimbabwe.

At dawn on Nov 13, Zimbabwe army troops stormed the residence of President Mugabe as well as some public institutions, and detained a number of State personalities, including the Head of State, and besieged the country’s capital, Harare.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK

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