Visiting Democratic Republic (DRC) President Joseph Kabila has made an assurance to the international community that he is committed to ensuring that all pockets of instability ravaging some parts of that country are dealt with.
And President Edgar Lungu says he is optimistic that the DRC will soon settle its political issues following the agreement president Kabila signed on December 31, 2016, to allow a free election in that county.
President Kabila, who is in Zambia for a two day visit at the invitation of President Lungu, made that assurance when he held bilateral talks with President Lungu at Statehouse yesterday stating the situation in the DRC was mainly peaceful and secure.
He, however, admitted that there were still some political challenges that are synonymous with any country practising democracy.
“Irrespective of what you hear on radio and television, tell me of any country that has no challenges. Such a country is probably in paradise. We have our hotspots and we are dealing with those problems,” he said.
President Kabila said his mission in the country was to ensure that the borders between the two countries were free of instability to enhance trade and infrastructure development.
He said the two countries have potential in mining and energy sectors which if well explored would immensely benefit the two countries economically.
And President Lungu said he was aware of the instability in the Eastern region but also that elsewhere in Congo, things were seemingly working normally, a development he said should be applauded.
However, the President expressed concern on the international influence to heighted electoral process in the DRC stating that it would be better to leave the country to run its affairs with minimal interference.
“We get more joy from the fact that the resources you are ploughing in the electoral processes are locally generated and this gives us hope the whole process will be owned by the people of DRC” President Lungu said.
He said DRC could count on Zambia as a brotherly neighbouring country to support her in any way it could to mitigate the challenges that were being encountered from the political angle.
Zambia is currently hosting more than 14,000 refugees from the DRC, a situation that has continued to be on the rise.
Mr Kabila arrived yesterday at Kenneth Kaunda International Airport yesterday 15:00 and was received by foreign Affairs Minister Joseph Malanji.