Zambia devoted Great Lakes Region member – Kabimba

Minister of Justice Wynter Kabimba

JUSTICE Minister Wynter Kabimba says Zambia will continue to be an active participant in trying to find a lasting solution to the problems in the Great lakes Region, particularly the ongoing conflict in the Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).
The minister said the joint summit of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) and the International Conference on the Great Lakes Region held yesterday had ensured unanimity in tackling the DRC conflict.
Mr Kabimba was speaking at the end of a one-day joint summit of Heads of State and Government in South Africa where he represented President Michael Sata.
He said the decision to have a joint meeting of SADC and International Conference on Great Lakes Region (ICGLR) was welcome as it would minimise the polarisation of decisions and possible contradictions.
Mr Kabimba said the meeting was very positive in analysing different factors that relate to the conflict in DRC.
“The fact that the M23 ought to sign a declaration of cessation, I think that condition given to them is very important. If we are going to discuss peace, we must all agree on discussing peace, and if we are to go the war route, then all of us must go the war route,” Mr Kabimba said.
This is according to a statement issued by First Secretary for Press at the Zambian High Commission in South Africa, Patson Chilemba.
Mr Kabimba said because of the established unanimity on the matter, it was either the rebels agreed to peaceful means or be prepared to face both the SADC and ICGLR.
Heads of State and Government from Zimbabwe, Malawi, South Africa, Uganda, Namibia, Tanzania, Kenya, DRC, Lesotho, Mozambique, Swaziland and South Sudan attended the one-day summit.
Zambia was represented by Mr Kabimba and other senior government officials including High Commissioner to South Africa Muyeba Chikonde, Army Commander Lieutenant General Paul Mihova, Special envoy to the Great Lakes Region Lieutenant General Solomon Mumbi, Defence Secretary Brigadier General Mazimba, Deputy High Commissioner to South Africa Joe Kaunda and Assistant Director Africa/AU Isabelle Lemba.