The Southern African Development Community (SADC) Troika of the Organ on Politics, Defence and Security Cooperation undertook an assessment mission to the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) from 10th to 13th October 2016. The objective of the mission was to conduct an assessment of the political and security developments in the DRC aimed at assessing the on-going efforts related to peace and political stability of the DRC. H.E. John Pombe Joseph Magufuli, President of the United Republic of Tanzania in his capacity as the Chairperson of the Organ on Politics, Defence and Security cooperation mandated the Mission.
The assessment mission was led by Hon. Dr. Augustine P. Mahiga, Minister of Foreign Affairs and East African Cooperation of the United Republic of Tanzania and Chairperson of the Ministerial Committee of the Organ (MCO), who was accompanied by Hon. Georges Rebelo Chikoti, Minister of External Relations of the Republic of Angola and Deputy Chairperson of the MCO, Hon. Patricio Jose, Deputy Minister of National Defence of the Republic of Mozambique representing the outgoing chairperson of the MCO. The Mission was supported by the SADC Secretariat led by H.E. Dr. Stergomena Lawrence Tax, Executive Secretary of SADC. The mission also included SADC Ambassadors accredited in the DRC.
The Mission consulted with various stakeholders, including SADC Ambassadors accredited to the DRC, H.E. Edem Kodjo, African Union Facilitator of the National Dialogue, Hon. Raymond Tshibanda, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of DRC, Mr. Corneille Nangaa, and Mr. Nobert Katintima, Chairperson and Deputy of the Independent Electoral Commission (CENI) respectively, Senior Officials of the DRC Government, Representatives of Opposition Outside the Dialogue (Rassemblement), Representatives of Opposition in the Dialogue, political parties in the Presidential majority led by Hon. Aubin Minaku, civil society and religious groups.