Guest Contributor | Apr 16, 2021 | 0
Southern African countries highlight unity against COVID-19
Southern African leaders on Saturday called for the region to unite in combatting COVID-19 as well as continue to build a prosperous region.
The leaders were attending the inauguration of the Namibian President, HE DR Hage Geingob.
Zimbabwean President Emerson Mnangagwa said the SADC region remains one of the most united regions on the African continent and should work closely in dealing with challenges including the spread of COVID-19.
“The world is currently experiencing challenges from COVID-19. This is a real challenge that we need to deal with as brothers. Zimbabwe stands ready to work with our neighbours to improve the standard of living for our citizens,” he said.
Botswana President Mokweetsi Masisi also weighed in saying the SADC region has adopted a theme of silencing guns and improving democracy.
“We have enjoyed peace since the attainment of independence and we continue to prosper. We are working as a region to deal with the challenges of COVID-19 as well as other challenged facing us. We are happy to stand as brothers in the most challenging time in the world,” Masisi said.
The same sentiments were also echoed by South African Foreign Affairs Minister, Naledi Pandor as well the Angolan President, Joao Lourenco.