SADC to convene emergency Zimbabwe Troika

Lusaka, Zambia – Zambian President Rupiah Banda will Thursday chair a Heads of State summit of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) Troika in the country's tourist capital, Livingstone.

The President’s special assistant for press and public relations, Dickson Jere, said in a statement issued here that the meeting of the SADC Organ on Defence and Security Co-operation was expected to tackle various security challenges facing the region, including the political challenges in Zimbabwe and Madagascar.

Top on the agenda is the Zimbabwe road-map to a free and fair election.

The Troika summit will also be attended by South African President Jacob Zuma and his Mozambican counterpart, President Armando Emilio Guebuza.

The summit, which will consider progress report on the security situation in the region, will also deliberate on matters relating to the consolidation of democracy in the region, and consider issues relating to the development of SADC’s capacity for mediation, conflict prevention and preventative diplomacy.

The summit will be preceded by the Ministerial Committee of the Organ, starting Tuesday (29 March).

President Banda is the chairperson of the Organ for Politics, Defence and Security Cooperation, while Zuma will assume the Chair in Aug. 2011.

President Guebuza has already served his term as chairperson of the Organ.