Hon Lukas Muha, Vice Chairpeson Victoria Kauma and Ambassador Anastas Kaboba Kasongo Wa-Kimba
|Story by Immanuel Kooper
The Ambassador of the Democratic Republic of Congo, His Excellency Anastas Kaboba Kasango Wa-Kimba paid a courtesy visit to the Chairperson of the National Council Honourable Lukas Sinimbo Muha on 16 April 2021.
Hon Lukas Sinimbo Muha welcomed the Ambassador in his capacity as the newly elected Chairperson of the National Council and express his gratitude and appreciation for receiving the first visit from an Ambassador from the SADC region since he took office in December 2020. The Chairperson noted that the courtesy visit marks the beginning of a close and warm working relationship between DRC and the National Council. He in the same vein equally acknowledged the formal diplomatic relations established between the countries and appreciates the fact that the two countries have diplomatic representation at the level of Embassies in Windhoek and Kinshasa respectively.
“On the behest of your country, Namibia together with Angola and Zimbabwe intervened in the militarily unrest during 1998 to 2003, upon which a ceasefire agreement was signed, cementing cordial relations and cooperation between our countries” the Chairperson noted.
Many cooperation agreements amongst other, included the visa abolition between the two countries, making trade relations easier which was regarded as a stumbling block at many levels. The resolution of the latter issue then leads to the establishment of a Trade and Industrial Park in Lubumbashi, DRC. The aim for this park was to facilitate imports and exports of various products such as livestock, meat and meat product amongst many. This project was coordinated by the Namibian Ministry of Industrialization, Trade and SME Development but however came to a standstill after the conclusion of the first phase. “I strongly feel that the completion of the park is very crucial for Namibia/DRC trade relations, hence will engage relevant Ministries to establish the way forward” said the Chairperson.
On his part, the Ambassador Wa-Kimba, congratulated Honourable Muha on his election as the Chairperson of the National Council and saw it necessary to undertake this courtesy visit to strengthen bilateral relations between the two countries but also on parliamentary level as well. “Meetings are held on various forums such as the African Parliament or SADC Parliamentary Forum, which is good but equally it is better for a closer one on one working relationship between parliaments hence my visit to you today”. The DRC/Namibia working relations are coming a long way since President Kabila took office and Namibia gained its independence in 1990. Upon his election in 2018, President Felix Tshisekedi visited Namibia in February 2019, showing a longstanding relationship between the two countries, the Ambassador noted. What also brings me today is to inform you and extend greetings and well wishes from our newly elected President of the Senate, Senator Modeste Bahati and that our Senate doors are wide open for an exchanged visit between the two chambers to share experiences and to learn from one another.
In her vote of thanks for the courtesy visit, the Vice Chairperson of the National Council Honourable Victoria Kauma affirms the importance of trade, easing of visa regulation and requirements and having one currency among many important issues in the SADC Region. She thanked the Ambassador for the visit and call upon for more cooperation and similar visits in the future.