THABO Mbeki has praised Zambia for its good work on its mandate as the SADC chair of the organ on politics, defence and security.
According to Inutu Mupango Mwanza, the first secretary for press and tourism at Zambia’s embassy in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, Mbeki, a former South African president, was speaking when he called on Vice-President Inonge Wina at the African Union.
Vice-President Wina was in Addis Ababa to attend, on behalf of President Edgar Lungu, the 11th extraordinary session of the Assembly of Heads of State and Government of the African Union (AU).
The summit discussed, among other things, the AU institutional reform process, including reform of the AU Commission, mandate of the AU Development Agency (AUDA) and financing the AU.
“The former head of State and elder Statesman commended His Excellency Mr Edgar Chagwa Lungu for the good work that Zambia was doing [in] its mandate as chair of the organ and recognised that during this tenure, the region would experience six elections,” Mwanza stated, adding that Vice-President Wina exchanged views on the work that the organ was undertaking, in particular about the political situation in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) ahead of elections slated for next month.
“Her Honour commended the work that the elder Statesman was doing on the continent and stressed the need for Africa to continue to utilise the vast and deep resources that it had in the form of former heads of state,” stated Mwanza.
Mbeki has previously facilitated peace negotiations in various African Countries, including Lesotho, Zimbabwe, Burundi, the Comoros, Côte d’ Ivoire and the DRC.