By Shadreck Gurenje
The SADC Troika summit chaired by President Emmerson Mnangagwa ended on a high note and commended the region for consistently and tirelessly fight the deadly corona virus that has rocked the world.
The Summit through the sound and visionary chairmanship of President Mnangagwa also paid tribute to medical front-line workers that have sacrificed their lives during the processes of fighting the deadly covid-19.
In a communique read by Minister of Foreign Affairs and International trade Lieutenant General (RTD) Dr Sibusiso Moyo after an Extra-Ordinary Summit of the Troika on Sadc Organ on Politics, Defence and Security Cooperation held at State House in Zimbabwe the organ member states vowed to continue putting in place regional measures that are critical in responding to the COVID-19.
“The extraordinary organ troika summit plus Mozambique emphasized that Sadc will continue to cooperate regionally and globally in the fight against Covid -19and protect SADC citizens and sustain livelihoods .To this effect, the extraordinary organ troika summit plus Mozambique commended SADC citizens and global partners who are at the forefront in the fight against covid-19” reads part of the communiqué.
President Lungu of Zambia also saluted the sterling work executed by President Mnangagwa as the Chairman for convening the Summit notwithstanding the dangers being faced globally due to Covid-19.
The coronavirus COVID-19 is affecting 213 countries and territories around the world and since its outbreak in December 2019, COVID-19 has spread exponentially, and was declared a global pandemic by the World Health Organisation (WHO) on 11 March 2020.
The Southern African Development Community (SADC) recorded its first case of COVID-19 in early March, and since then, the numbers have been increasing. As of 15th April, 2020, fourteen (14) of the sixteen (16) SADC Member States have been affected by COVID-19 – Angola, Botswana, Eswatini, Democratic Republic of Congo, Madagascar, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Seychelles, South Africa, United Republic of Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe.