Can Africa's Leaders Promote Democracy? The Case of Zimbabwe and SADC
Date: Thursday 11 September
Venue: CMI Post Meeting Room, 1st floor, Fantoftvegen 38
The crisis in Zimbabwe has escalated since 2000. SADC and Zimbabwe's neighbouring states have been criticised for turning a blind eye to the situation and for helping the regime. In recent months, however, SADC has played a more active role in facilitating a political solution. To what extent can SADC be a mechanism for conflict management, peace building and democratisation in member states?
In recent years the African Union (AU) and SADC have adopted a series of resolutions, guidelines and prescriptions to help improve and strengthen good governance and democracy in member states. How effective are these organisations in pursuing these objectives?
Ambassador Mussagy Jeichande from Mozambique's Ministry of Foreign Affairs talks about the situation in Zimbabwe, and about SADC's role. Ambassador Jeichande is currently a special advisor to the Minister of Foreign Affairs. Since the mid-1970s he has held a number of senior positions in the Foreign Ministry. He has been intimately involved with the evolution of the architecture for peace and democratisation in Southern Africa. In 2000-2003 he was the special representative of the UN Secretary General in Angola. Ambassador Jeichande speaks in his personal capacity.
Elling N. Tjønneland is senior researcher at CMI. He has worked extensively on development issues in Southern Africa and the role of regional collaboration.