Kinshasa, 23 April 2017: The Chairperson of the Organ on Politics, Defence and Security Cooperation, H.E. Dr. John Pombe Joseph Magufuli, President of the United Republic of Tanzania, deployed a follow-up Mission of the Ministerial Committee of the Organ Troika (MCO-T) to the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) from the 19th to 22nd April 2017, to assess the current political and security situation in the country, including the implementation of the 31 December 2016 Episcopal Council of Catholic Bishops (CENCO) mediated Agreement.
The mission was within the mandate received from the Extraordinary Summit held in Lozitha, Swaziland on 17 April 2017, whereby Summit had “mandated the Organ Ministerial Troika to immediately conduct a follow-up mission to the DRC, on a date to be agreed upon in consultation with the Chairperson of the Organ and Government of the DRC”. The Summit directive is also in line with the Organ Ministerial Troika’s (OMT) recommendation arising from its previous mission to the DRC undertaken from 10-13 October 2016, which underscored the need to carry out “follow up assessment missions and to lend support to the political, security and the electoral processes in the DRC”.
Hon. Dr. Augustine P. Mahiga, Minister of Foreign Affairs and East African Cooperation of the United Republic of Tanzania and Chairperson of the Ministerial Committee of the Organ (MCO), led the mission, accompanied by Hon. Manuel Augusto, Deputy Minister of External Relations of the Republic of Angola and Deputy Chairperson of the MCO, and Hon. Nyeleti Mondlane, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of the Republic of Mozambique, supported by the SADC Secretariat led by Mr. Jorge Cardoso, Director of the Organ on Politics, Defence and Security Affairs, representing the Executive Secretary of SADC. SADC Ambassadors accredited to the DRC were also part of the mission.
The Mission consulted with various stakeholders, including Hon. Leonard She Okitundu, Vice Prime Minister and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration of DRC; the CENCO; representatives of other Religious Groups; the representatives of the Presidential Majority and opposition political parties including the three splinter groups of the Rassemblement; representatives of the Civil Society; the National Independent Electoral Commission (CENI); and MONUSCO. The mission further engaged with the EU Ambassador to the DRC, accompanied by representatives from EU countries.
The mission paid courtesy calls on Prime Minister Samy Badibanga and Prime Minister designate Bruno Tshibala, respectively, and concluded its visit with a meeting and briefing with H.E. Joseph Kabila Kabange, President of the DRC.
Following consultations and exchange of views with the various stakeholders, the Organ Troika Ministerial Mission:
Done in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo
23rd April 2017