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  • Communique of Extraordinary Summit of the SADC Heads of State and Government
    Presidential Guest House, Pretoria, South Africa
    January 27, 2009

    1. The Extra-Ordinary Summit of the SADC Heads of State and Government met at the Presidential Guest house in Pretoria, Republic of South Africa on 26-27 January 2009. The Extraordinary Summit met to review the implementation of the Zimbabwe Global Political Agreement.

    2. The Extraordinary Summit was chaired by H.E. Kgalema Motlanthe, Chairperson of SADC and President of the Republic of South Africa

    3. The Extraordinary Summit was attended by the following Heads of State and Government or their representatives:

    • Botswana H.E. President Lt. Gen Seretse Khama Ian Khama
    • Lesotho Right Honourable Prime Minister Pakalitha Mosisili
    • Mozambique H.E. President Armando Emilio Guebuza, Deputy Chairperson of the Organ on Politics, Defence and Security Cooperation.
    • Namibia H.E. President Hifikepunye Pohamba
    • South Africa H.E. President Kgalema Motlanthe Chairperson of SADC
    • Swaziland H.M. King Mswati 111, Chairpeson of the Organ on Politics, Defence and Security Cooperation
    • United Republic of Tanzania H.E. President Jakaya Mrisho Kikwete
    • Zambia H.E. Rupiah Banda
    • Zimbabwe H.E. H.E. President Robert Gabriel Mugabe
    • Angola Hon Assuncao Dos Anjos, Minister of External affairs
    • DRC Hon.Alexis Thambwe Muamba, Minister of Foreign affairs
    • Seychelles Honourable Patrick Pillay, Minister of Foreign Affairs
    • Malawi Hon George Chaponda, Minister of Local Governmnt and Rural development
    • Madagascar Hon Dr Denis Andriamandroso, Madagascar Ambassador to South Africa
    • Mauritius Mr Anund Priyay Neewor, GOSK, Secretary of Foreign Affairs

    4. The meeting was also attended by His Excellency Thabo Mbeki, Former President of the Republic of South Africa and SADC Facilitator on the Zimbabwe Political Dialogue, Leaders of MDC Formations, Right Honourable Morgan Tsvangirai, Prime Minister Designate and Professor Welshman Ncube, representing Professor Arthur Mutambara, Deputy Prime Minister Designate of the Republic of Zimbabwe, and the Executive Secretary of SADC, Dr. Tomaz Augusto Salomão.

    5. In his opening remarks, His Excellency President Kgalema Motlanthe, Chairpeson of SADC and President for the Republic of South Africa welcomed all delegates to the meeting and re-affirmed SADC's commitment to finding a lasting solution to the implementation of the Zimbabwe global political agreement.

    6. The Extraordinary Summit noted that the people of zimbabwe are faced with difficult challenges and suffering that can only be addressed once an inclusive governmnet in in place.

    7. In view of the above, the Extraordinary Summit decided as follows:

    • (i) the parties shall endeavour to cause parliament to pass the constitutional ammendment 19 by 5 February 2009.
    • (ii) the Prime Minister and the Deputy Prime Ministers shall be sworn in by 11 February 2009:
    • (iii) the Ministers and Deputy Ministers shall be sworn in on 13 february 2009, which will conclude the process of the formation on the inclusive governmnt.
    • (iv) The Joint-Monitoring Implementation Committee (JOMIC), provided for in the Global Political Agreement shall be activated immediately. The first meeting of JOMIC shall be convened by the facilitator on 30 January 2009 and shall, among other things, elect the chairpesons;
    • (v) The allocation of ministerial portfolios endorsed by the SADC Extraordinary Summit held on 9 November 2008 shall be reveiwed six (6) months after the inauguration of the inclusive governmnet.
    • (vi) The appointements of the Reserve Bank Governor and the Attprney General will be dealt with by the inclusive government after its formation
    • (vii) The negotiators of the parties shall meet immediately to consider the natioanl security bill submitted by the MDCT-T as well as the formula for the distribution of governors:

    8. The Extraordinary Summit expressed its appreciarion for the efforts of His Excellency Thabo Mbeki, Former President of the republic of South sfrica and the Facilitator of the political dialogue on Zimbabwe in helping to find an amicable solution to challenges facing the Republic of Zimbabwe and encouraged him to continue with his facilitation efforts.

    9. The Extraordinary Summit commended the political parties to the Global Political Agreement for their opennnes and constructive engagement in finding a lasting solutio to the challenges facing Zimbabwe.

    10. SADC shall remain seized with the Zimbabwe situation in keeping wth its obligations as guarantor of the Global Poliical Agreement.

    11. The Extraordinary Summit directed the chairperson of the SADC to present the African Union at its forthcoming summit a progress report on the implementation of the Sham-El-Sheik Resolution

    12. The Extraordinary Summit received a brief on the prevailing security situation in the Democratic Republic of Congo and supports the govermnet efforts to findimng a lasting solutionb to the conflict in the Eastern part of the country. The government of the DRC expressed it gratitude to SADC for the support thau far rendered.

    13. The Extraordinary Summit also urged the interantional community to continue providing the people of the Democratic republic of Congo with humanitarian assistance.

    14. His Excellecy President Kgalema Motlathe officially closed the extraordinary summit.

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