See you soon: Kabila

17 Aug 2018 18:20pm
WINDHOEK, 17 AUG (NAMPA) – “Since I do not like farewells, I will not say goodbye today, but rather see you soon.”
These were the words of Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) President Joseph Kabila Kabange during his farewell speech delivered at the opening ceremony of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) Heads of State and Government Summit in the capital on Friday.
Kabila has served as DRC president for 17 years and last week announced that he has decided not to run in his country’s elections scheduled for December this year.
“I am not sure who is going to miss who - am I going to miss you or are you going to miss me?” he said to laughter from his audience.
Kabila congratulated President Hage Geingob on his new role as SADC chairperson and wished him success during his tenure as chairperson.
“I am confident in his ability to steer our organisation towards achieving the goals set out in our strategic plans for the regional integration.”
Kabila also commended outgoing SADC Chairperson, South Africa’s President Cyril Ramaphosa for leading the region over the past year.
“I remember when DRC first joined this organisation 20 years ago. This was not an easy journey, but we embarked on it to liberate our country and the entire region has been our family throughout this journey,” he said.
Kabila thanked all former SADC heads of state, singling out former Namibian Presidents Sam Nujoma and Hifikepunye Pohamba and former Mozambican President Joaquim Chissano for sharing their knowledge with him during his term as president.