Peace is made with enemies not friends-Geingob

Martin Endjala

The Southern African Development Community (SADC)’s Organ on Politics, Defense and Security Cooperation Chairperson, President Hage Geingob, is advising one does not make peace with friends but with enemies.

The Organ, also known as Troika, concluded a one-day working visit to the Kingdom of Eswatini last Friday. Stressing the importance of finding solutions in the Kingdom to whatever challenges there may be, Geingob added that solutions will not come from outside but from the Emaswati themselves. He reminded that it would be important to hear from all sides to find common ground, to avert any crisis. To allow the Kingdom the opportunity to entrench peace and development for the prosperity of the country and the entire SADC Region. “When diplomacy fails, people go to war”, said Geingob. It was for this reason that dialogue was necessary for explanations to be provided and for everyone to be heard, the President said.

The chairperson assured King Mswati III that he will take up issues raised during his visit to the Organ Troika. This is in line with his responsibilities as the SADC Organ Troika Chairperson, to find collective solutions with member states to issues posing threats and risks to peace and security in the region. The Troika Chair is pleased with the current positive developments in the Kingdom of Lesotho and that the country would soon be removed from its agenda. President Geingob further emphasised during a courtesy visit by Prime Minister Samuel Matekane to the Republic of Namibia on earlier this month. Reminding the Prime Minister the need to deal with outstanding reforms in to strengthen processes, systems, and institutions for effective governance and service delivery to the Basotho. He further highlighted recent developments in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and the efforts of the Organ to bring peace to its eastern part.

Geingob said that the SADC Organ will continue to emphasise the important role of President João Manuel Gonçalves Lourenço of the Republic of Angola in finding a solution to the war in eastern DRC through the Luanda Process. He added that as Chair of the Organ, between 30 October and 2 November, he voiced a peaceful resolution of the conflict through telephonic conversations with President Paul Kagame of the Republic of Rwanda, and President Félix Antoine Tshisekedi Tshilombo of the DRC. Together with President Cyril Ramaphosa of South Africa, and President Hakainde Hichilema of Zambia, in their respective capacities as outgoing and incoming Chairpersons of the Troika. On the Republic of Mozambique and the challenges in Cabo Delgado province and the SADC Mission in Mozambique (SAMIM). Geingob informed that the issue will form part of the agenda for the forthcoming Extraordinary Summit of the SADC Organ on Politics, Defense and Security Cooperation. A mission report is expected to be submitted to the Summit f
or decisions to be made about the next steps to be undertaken. Geingob equally stressed the need for countries in the region to develop closer partnerships and take advantage of the Africa Continental Free Trade Area (AfCTA) for economic development.

By Observer