The Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) summit for 2019 which was scheduled to take place in Khartoum, Sudan has been called off.
The organisation whose head quarters are based in Zambia’s capital Lusaka has for the second time in three years cancelled one its annual meetings.
This year’s cancellation is based on the political tensions that have rocked host nation Sudan whose capital Khartoum where the summit was to take place has seen months of unrest in anti government protests.
Mwangi Gakunga, Comesa’s head of corporate communications says the cancellation was for obvious reasons.
Khartoum’s being stripped of its host status gives Madagascar an extended term as chair of the secretariat until 2020.
The chair, also known as the Authority, is responsible for general policy and direction as well as controller of the performance of the executive functions of the Common Market.