Mozambique peace treaty Geingob’s ‘crowning’ moment as SADC Chair

07 Aug 2019 14:00pm
WINDHOEK, 07 AUG (NAMPA) – The signing of a peace accord between Mozambique’s president and that country’s main opposition, pledging to end years of violence and work toward peaceful elections in October, will go down as President Hage Geingob’s crowning moment as SADC Chairperson.
The outgoing Chairperson of the Southern African Development (SADC), who is also Namibia’s Head of State, made these remarks in Maputo, the Mozambican capital on Tuesday.
The signing of the Peace and National Reconciliation Agreement by President Filipe Nyusi and Ossufo Momade, the leader of the Renamo rebel group on Tuesday followed their signing last week of a similar agreement to cease military hostilities.
“[The date] 01 August 2019 will go down in the annals of history, as a day where the pendulum swung in favour of lasting peace, for the people of Mozambique,” Geingob said in his statement availed to this agency by the Presidency on Wednesday.
Geingob, whose reign as SADC Chair ends next week described the agreement as one of the chief highlights of what has been a fulfilling year at the helm of SADC.
“Indeed, this is a crowning moment for me and I am pleased to have been invited to witness this momentous occasion, before I hand over to my brother President John Pombe Joseph Magufuli (of Tanzania) next week.”
Geingob also congratulated the two former foes for placing a high premium on peace and stability for the development of all Mozambicans.
The agreement came as a result of years of negotiations to bring an end to sporadic violence that has persisted since 1992 of a bloody, 15-year civil war in which an estimated one million people died.
Another peace agreement was signed in 2014, but violence sporadically flared up, according to reports.
The Namibian president continued: “What you have been able to accomplish collectively, as the people of Mozambique, is a giant step forward for the entire region and continent.”
This, he said, is part of efforts to promote an integrated, prosperous and peaceful Africa – ‘The Africa We Want’ - as per the African Union Agenda 2063 slogan.
“The Peace Accord and Signing of the Peace Pledge are in line with the 50th Anniversary Solemn Declaration of the African Union, in which the Heads of State and Government pledged to silence the guns and end all wars by December 2020,” he added.
According to Geingob, Mozambique has shown that silencing the guns is not just mere rhetoric.
“You have walked the talk. To buttress your commitment to silencing the guns, 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 mobilise funds for the DDR process,” he said.
(NAMPA)
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