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DRC: Tshisekedi leads lobbying to win SADC post for his candidate

By Jeune Afrique
Posted on Thursday, 10 June 2021 15:29

President Tshisekedi in Paris, 27 April 2021 © Sadak Souici/Le Pictorium/Max PPP

Despite abandoning his country's bid for a non-permanent member seat on the UN Security Council, President Félix Tshisekedi is stepping up his campaign for Faustin Luanga Mukela - DRC’s candidate for the Southern African Development Community (SADC) executive secretary post. Here's how.

As the board responsible for appointing the executive secretary prepares to meet on 10 June, Tshisekedi continues to press for Mukela’s leadership of the SADC.

According to our sources, Mukela, whose challenger is Botswana’s Elias Magosi, requested and received approval from President Tshisekedi for a delegation to be sent to the board’s five member countries (Angola, Eswatini, Malawi, Mozambique and Tanzania).

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The delegation includes Mukela, Christophe Lutundula (foreign minister), Claude Ibalanky (who coordinates the national monitoring mechanism of the Addis Ababa Agreement) and a team of experts.