Salomao to write chronicles of SADC

Gaborone – The outgoing SADC executive secretary, Dr Tomaz Salomao, says he will write a book on the regional body that he has served for the past eight years.

Speaking at a farewell reception hosted in his honour by the SADC Secretariat in Gaborone recently, Dr Salomao stated that writing a book on SADC is one of his priorities. 

The book, which he promised to write as soon as possible, would focus on the failures and challenges that the 15-member organisation faced since its establishment over three decades ago.

The book will spell out what SADC was doing and possibly how things should be done in order to take the region to a higher level. 

He said Africans should take the responsibility to write their own history for future generations to take advantage and study.

The outgoing executive secretary expressed gratitude to the government and the people of Botswana, fellow member states including his own country, Mozambique, for the generous support they rendered to the secretariat of the SADC family.  

“The eight years as executive secretary of SADC have been a long way, which was marred by both achievements and challenges, with some of the challenges being economic and political instability,” he said. 

Salomao took over the reins at SADC after serving 22 years as a cabinet minister in Mozambique following a request by former presidents Joaquim Chissano of Mozambique, Thabo Mbeki of South Africa and Festus Mogae of Botswana.

He appealed to member states to support the incoming executive secretary, Dr Stergomena Tax from Tanzania, adding that he would introduce her to the SADC staff and diplomatic missions on September 4-5. 

Salomao was the fourth executive secretary of SADC since its formation in 1980. The first was Dr Simba Makoni of Zimbabwe, followed Dr Prega Ramsamy of Mauritius, and Dr Kaire Mbuende of Namibia.

The farewell reception, which was attended by Heads of Diplomatic Missions, also saw the SADC family bidding farewell to another colleague and deputy executive secretary (regional Integration), Mr Engineer Joao Caholo from Angola, who has served the organisation for 33 years.

In his farewell message, Caholo said he was leaving the organisation with a great sense of pride because SADC could now help its people and the rest of Africa to move forward and better their lives.

September 2013
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