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Mnangagwa to chair SADC's security organ, despite Zim tensions

The SADC security organ is charged with mediating in the affairs of member states that face instability and its chair is expected to be running a stable administration at home.

Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangagwa. Picture: AFP.

JOHANNESBURG - The election of Zimbabwe’s President Emmerson Mnangagwa as the chairperson of SADC’s regional organ for politics, defence and security has been met with outrage following this week's crack down on protesters by police in his country.

He was elected chair at the SADC summit in Tanzania. In the past, SADC had bypassed countries for the position when they were going through upheaval but Mnangagwa has already taken over from Zambia’s Edgar Lungu.

The SADC security organ is charged with mediating in the affairs of member states that face instability and its chair is expected to be running a stable administration at home.

In 2014, after an apparent coup, Lesotho was supposed to take the position but Prime Minster Tom Thabane came back from the summit empty-handed.

But Mnangagwa will head the organ and he'll be expected to engage member states to restore stability.

Social media users have slammed the appointment.

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