Harare – Zimbabwe will back Botswana’s candidate to become the next executive secretary for the regional bloc, the Southern African Development Community (SADC) when it holds elections for the post in August, Botswana President Mokgweetsi Masisi said on Wednesday.
SADC holds its next summit in August in Malawi where a change of guard at its secretariat is expected, with Executive Secretary Dr Stergomena Tax stepping down after serving two terms.
President Masisi was in Zimbabwe on a one-day working visit, where he among other things solicitated support for Mr Elias Magosi, his country’s candidate for the top post.
“I return to Botswana a thoroughly happy man because President (Emmerson) Mnangagwa has adopted one of our own in Botswana, in the name of Mr Elias Epedi Magosi who we have put forward as our candidate for the position of Executive Secretary for SADC,” President Masisi told reporters at the end of his tour of duty.
The SADC Executive Secretary is, among other things, responsible for strategic planning, coordination and management of SADC programmes.
Mr Magosi, who is currently the head of civil service in Botswana and a former senior employee of SADC, will face off with the Democratic Republic of Congo’s Professor Fautin Luanga Mukela in the race for the post, if no other last minute candidates throw their hats into the ring.
President Masisi has been to Malawi, South Africa and Zambia to solicit support for Mr Magosi, who if appointed, will become the first Batswana to head the regional body in its 41-year history.
SADC is headquartered in Botswana. – New Ziana