Lilongwe, August 16: State President of Botswana, His Excellency Mokgweetse Masisi, has expressed optimism on security resolutions in Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) region ahead of the 41st Heads of State and Government Summit in Lilongwe-Malawi.
Masisi, who is also SADC’s Chairperson on Politics, Defence and Security made the remarks on arrival on Monday with his entourage at Kamuzu International Airport in Lilongwe.
He was commenting on the current situation in Mozambique where rebels have wreaked havoc, displacing thousands of civilians.
President Masisi expressed hope that the summit would come up with new resolutions to bolster security in the area which is currently being administered by SADC Forces.
Masisi revealed that the SADC forces in Mozambique are being led by a South African Army General and deputised by a Botswana Army General
He said: “The summit will get an update on the security situation in Mozambique primarily provided by President Nyusi.”
“As the Security Organ Chair, I can assure you that since the launch of SADC Forces by President Nyusi and myself, the motivation levels have been very high adding onto the complimentary efforts by the Rwandese Forces,” he added.
Regarding the recent elections in Zambia where Opposition Leader, Hakayinde Hichilema has ousted the incumbent President Edgar Lungu, Masisi has appealed for calm among Zambians, saying SADC was looking forward to a peaceful transition.
He said: “I sent a message to President Lungu soon after the results were announced. We wish well the people of Zambia and ask that they remain calm and resolute in their commitment to develop Zambia.”