Historical event: Catholic Bishops of Southern Africa at SADEC
A delegation of the Inter-Regional Meeting of the Bishops of Southern Africa (IMBISA), led by Archbishops Gerard Tlali Lerotholi O.M.I., Vice-President of IMBISA and Robert Christopher Ndlovu, Secretary General, was recently received by the Executive Secretary of the Southern African Development Community (SADC), Mrs. Stergomena Lawrence Tax, at the SADC Secretariat in Gaborone, Botswana.
IMBISA, being an association of Catholic Bishops in Southern Africa comprising of nine countries namely Angola, Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Mozambique, Namibia, Sao Tome e Principe, South Africa and Zimbabwe, has always wished to engage with SADC with the sole aim of contributing to the development of peoples in the region.
During the meeting the leadership of IMBISA shared on the mission of the Church in Southern Africa especially in the service and promotion of humanity in general. Archbishop Lerotholi clearly identified the focus area of IMBISA which have mainly to do with human rights. These include human trafficking, peace and reconciliation, elections, women’s issues, youth and climate change. He also indicated that IMBISA had already been working with a number of Non-Governmental Organizations as well as National Parliaments in the Region as seen in the activities of the Catholic Parliamentary Liaison Office (CPLO).
On her part Mrs. Tax indicated her joy in receiving the leadership of the Catholic Church in the region and expressed her willingness to cooperate with the Church in the focus areas of IMBISA. In fact she indicated that the focus areas of the Church are also focus areas for SADC. Her wish was to see the Church engaging in some form with the SADC Parliamentary Forum.