Libyan leader Muammar Gadaffi’s vigorous push for the creation of the United States of Africa was felt during the African Union summit held in Gaborone, Botswana on Friday, November 19.
According to a communiqué of the meeting, leaders of the bloc directed their foreign ministers to write a report on the progress of the cooperation between African Union (AU) and regional groupings, including the Sadc.
The Sadc secretary general, Tomaz Augusto Salomao said, “They (Sadc leaders) observed that matters are not moving according to their plans… several decisions are not implemented as required and head of state directives are not followed”.
According to Salomao there was concern that there has not been progress in carrying out decisions that were reached by the AU leaders on regional integration. He also revealed that a Sadc meeting held in Windhoek, Namibia last August, insisted that there was a need to hold a special meeting to discuss the issue.
“The decision was made by the leaders after deliberating on various issues regarding deliberations made by the AU and established that many of the issues have not been implemented as required,” he said.
Though the deepening crisis in Zimbabwe was also among the agendas at hand the issue was not discussed as there was no quorum when the chair of the Troika, Zambia’s President Rupiah Banda, and his Mozambican counterpart, President Armando Guebuza, were not in the Botswana capital.
“After the Troika summit failed to take place, it was agreed that President Zuma should go to Harare again where he would hold talks with the three parties in the (political agreement),” Salamao said.
“After that he would be expected to make a recommendation to the chairperson Rupiah Banda on the next date for another Troika summit.”
Zimbabwe’s Justice minister Patrick Chinamasa said Sadc was also concerned with the way Gadaffi was pushing for the creation of the United States of Africa.
Said Chinamasa, “Sadc countries are not happy with President Gadaffi as in some cases he is reported to have been mobilising traditional leaders in the region as part of efforts to advance his agenda,”
Sadc member countries have proposed to mandate its legal experts to review the strengths and weaknesses of the AU rules of procedure, especially those related to the right of a member State proposing agenda items as and when it deems necessary.