SADC set to honour founding fathers

By Janet Munyaka

SADC is considering honouring the regional bloc’s founding fathers in recognition of their contribution to the liberation of the region.

The SADC Organ Troika Summit of Heads of State and Government this Friday held a virtual meeting, where a mechanism to honour the legacy of SADC founding fathers came under the spotlight.

SADC Troika chairperson, President Emmerson Mnangagwa said the honour is in recognition of the leaders’ contribution to the liberation of the region.

“As part of our Liberations War Heritage and our organisation’s historical legacy, it is heartening to note that our meeting today will also consider the Mechanism to Honour the Legacy of the SADC Founding Fathers as recommended by the Ministerial Committee of the Organ.

“In recognition of the contribution made by the Founding Fathers to the liberation of our region, it is my fervent hope that this mechanism will go a long way in inculcating a sense of patriotism, self-love and belonging among the peoples of our region, in particular the youth. As we develop the activities to create awareness of the role of our Founding fathers, let us ensure that robust initiatives are implemented leveraging on ICTs and leaving no one behind.”

SADC succeeded the Southern Africa Development Co-ordination Conference (SADCC), which was officially formed on 1st April 1980 comprising all the majority ruled states of Southern Africa that are Angola, Botswana, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Swaziland, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

The regional bloc’s founding presidents are Dr Agostinho Neto of Angola, Sir Seretse Khama of Botswana, Mozambique’s Samora Machel, Julius Nyerere of Tanzania, Kenneth Kaunda of Zambia and Zimbabwe’s Robert Mugabe.