Finally President Mugabe HANDS OVER POWER. President Robert G. Mugabe has left Harare for Botswana where he is going to hand over the chairmanship of SADC to Botswana President Ian Khama.
The 35 th Ordinary Summit of Heads of State and Government runs from the 17th to the 18 th of August. The twoday summit will be held under the theme, “Accelerating Industrialisation of SADC Economies Through Transformation of Natural Endowment and Improved Human Capital.”
According to the provisional programme, four presidents, Dr Hage Geingob of Namibia, Pakalitha Mosisili of Lesotho, Edgar Lungu of Zambia and Filipe Nyusi of Mozambique are expected to deliver their maiden speeches.
President Ian Seretse Khama will be at the helm of the grouping for the next 12 months while Lesotho Prime Minister Pakalitha Mosisili is expected to take over from President Jacob Zuma as the chair of the SADC Organ on Politics, Defence and Security. Mugabe will now only be the chair of the Africa Union.
The relinquishing of the SADC role might just force Mugabe to stay at home as he was using the cover of SADC and AU to fly out on a weekly basis.
It might just prove to Mugabe that handing over power is not such a bad move after all.