President Edgar Lungu with President Joseph Kabila during the Closing ceremony of SADC Summit in Namibia
FILE: President Edgar Lungu with President Joseph Kabila during the Closing ceremony of SADC Summit in Namibia

The Southern African Centre for the Constructive Resolution of Disputes has urged President Edgar Lungu in his capacity as Chairperson for the SADC Organ on Politics, Defence and Security Cooperation to continue engaging his counterpart in the DR Congo Joseph Kabila to create a conducive environment for the December 30th Presidential election.

SACCORD Executive Director Boniface Chembe says this will ensure transparent, peaceful and credible elections and to preserve peace and stability in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and the region.

Mr. Chembe noted with concern that campaigns ahead of the elections were characterized with violence leading to the postponement of the election from 23rd to 30th December 2018.

Meanwhile Mr. Chembe has welcomed the postponement of the elections in Congo DR from 23rd to 30th December saying the environment was not conducive for such an undertaking.

On Thursday last week the Independent National Election Commission (CENI) ordered the postponement, saying a warehouse fire had destroyed voting materials, a move which Mr. Chembe said will help the Congolese freely participate in the elections.

President Edgar Lungu recently expressed hope that the security situation will improve in the Democratic Republic of Congo following a fire that destroyed voting materials.

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  1. Lungu cannot preach peace in Congo when he has lamentably failed to do so at home. He unleashes unprofessional police on citizens and instructs drunk cadres to beat opposition members without thinking they are all Zambians. For SACCORD to extend such an invitation for Lungu to engage Kabila in creating condunsive environment is no better than chasing a wind.

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    • Zambia’s democracy and peace is second to none in Africa. Just because HH the great dictator keeps preaching about ECL being a dictator doesn’t make it true. Democracy however does not mean we allow every Jim and Jack to hold rallies and protests which often lead to rioting and destruction of private property.
      SACCORD is asking ECL because Zambia is a beacon of peace. GBM and HH are the ones who want to turn Zambia into an inferno and ECL has done a great job of clipping their tails!

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    • Ati
      ” Zambia’s democracy and peace is second to none in Africa. ”

      Shows what a dumb a.ss you are…..not under pf it aint ……have you heard of a country called Botswana ?

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    • @Spaka1.2; when Botswana has been through what Zambia has been through the last 10 years, your equally dumb a$$ needs to shut it’s hole!

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    • @1.4Spaka. I don’t just suck, I swallow too! But your wood has to be bigger than a number 2 pencil!

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  2. Why destroy voting materials in the first place? Shows that someone does not want elections to take place. So who is that someone?………..

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    • It’s been established that the opposition lead by Fayula is responsible for the fire that destroyed the voting material. They suspect that the material was already “rigged ” in favor of the candidate from the ruling party. Note that this has not been independently confirmed.

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    • Do you know that even the opposition are lead by dictators who have been attempting all elections since multiple partism came to Africa? This a sign that they no better than the dictators that are ruling us. Democratic leaders step down once they lose an election and allow someone who may have a better chance to win. From Cairo to Capetown you have people such as Malema, HH, Tshisekedi who have spent more than 20 years fighting to become president. It won’t make any difference except that the person you support has won the election.

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    • Ndanji…..if it were not for the state sponsered brutality, violence and outright denial of democratic rights of the opposition by lungu, many of us would be supporting lungu.

      We all remember the bweengwa kidnapping and GBM training UPND militia….

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  3. Admittedly Zambia is way better than DRC but still the thought of violent & divisive PF being the catalyst for conducive Congolese elections is insulting and distasteful.

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    • Back Spaka naimwe what kind of democracy do you want. ….you want a situation where people will do wrong and government just watches? Just come back and fight to become president maybe you’ll be able to show us how democracy works. As for divisiveness, don’t blame the PF alone. ..just be fair and admit that HH has caused more polarization than any other opposition leader in our entire history.

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    • Ndanji

      People who do wrong where ? So that UPND funeral procession attacked by PF did wrong did they ???

      Or those NDC supporters attacked with matchets by PF at central police did wrong did they ???

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    • And ndanji ….

      ” HH has caused more polarisation ”

      HH has been around competing in elections for the 20 odd years , how come there is only polarisation now when lungu appears ????

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    • At first loss HH took it naturally but as the losses increased so did his bitterness. Bitterness permeated into his entire clan who are ready to chose HH from God.

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  4. PRESIDENT LUNGU SHOULD INVITE KABILA TODAY AND LOOK INTO HIS EYES AND SAY IM WORRIED ABOUT CONGO….KABILA SHOULD EXPLAIN HIMSELF…..

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    • Kabila will simply point to pf cader brutality and violence against the opposition to the run up to elections …

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  5. AT LIST ZAMBIA IS AT HAMONY YOU CAN NOT COMPARE ZAMBIA TO DRC SO PEOPLE SOMETIMES YOU SHOULD TELL THE TRUETH WE HAVE NEVER FAULT RUNNING BATTLES IN ZAMBIA SO WE ARE A VERY GOOD EXAMPLE TO PEACE IN AFRICA , SO ITS SIMPLE WE SHOULD TAKE A LEADING ROLE IN BRINGING PEACE IN DRC

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  6. A special court needs to be established in Africa to try all corrupt elements in regimes such as DRC and Zambia!!!!! DRC has been mismanaged by criminal elements with impunity. I personally dont consider DRC as a çountry. This DRC forest is managed by more that 100 militia groups which have continued brutalising vulnerable people especially women!!!!! enough is enough please….

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    • Who’s going to try them since they have full backing of the USA. Kaunda lost out because he was antiamerican.

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  7. Our head of state being the chairman of the SADC politics ,security and stuff must seize the opportunity to help sort out the mess in Congo because if things become bad there we will equally be affected.We will start spending where we have not budgeted.We will be forced to host refugees ,medical expenses in our hospitals will grow,crime rate will also grow and may more problems caused by some an individual selling fish in his country.The earlier the better. Lets avoid the unnecessary.

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  8. I was just wondering this is the right regime to carry out such a task. This is really important because we can be directed affected if things go wrong there. I wish we had a better guy to carry out such a mammoth task and not a chako… of Jameson!!!
    Disaster!!!!!

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    • I was just wondering if this is the right regime to carry out such a task. This is really important because we can be directly affected if things go wrong there. I wish we had a better guy to carry out such a mammoth task and not a chako… of Jameson!!!
      Disaster!!!!!

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