Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) has has commended President Edgar Lungu for the role he has played in the just ended Election in the neighbouring Democratic Republic of Congo.
In a statement released to the media and signed by the Institution’s Andrew Ntewewe, YALI said that, as the Chair of the SADC organ on Politics, Defence and Security, President Lungu did phenomenon and excellent international diplomacy by the various meetings he arranged with key stakeholders during the run up to elections.
Below is the full statement by YALI
For immediate Release
10th January, 2019
The Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) has noted the announcement of the provisional results in the Democratic Republic of Congo, DRC elections where opposition candidate Felix Tshisekedi has been elected President.
The election was closely contested, demonstrating the passion for democracy but most importantly it was held in a relatively peaceful manner.
This is Good for democracy. DRC has never had any meaningful democratic elections since attaining independence.
We therefore take this opportunity to congratulate the people of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) on this landmark election.
We are hopeful that the election result will stand and that there will be a peaceful handover of power.
The SADC also deserves special commendation for the exemplary manner in which it has handled this matter which could have degenerated into a serious crisis for the whole region.
In this regard, we at the Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) extend our heartfelt congratulations to the Zambian President, His Excellency President Edgar Lungu who is the Chair of the SADC organ on Politics, Defence and Security for the phenomenon and excellent international diplomacy. Job well done Mr. President!!
We are particularly gratified that Zambia has taken its rightful leadership role in the regional and international politics to promote democracy and human development in Africa. We look forward to Zambia taking the Chairmanship of the African Union in 2022.
We take cognisant of the various meetings that President Edgar Lungu has held with various leaders in the region. It has been a marathon tour of various capitals in the region. Additionally, the President has been able to convene and meet various stakeholders including the outgoing president of the DRC, His Excellency, President Joseph Kabila, Opposition leaders in the DRC, the church leaders, civil society leaders and other various interest groups.
It is not an easy undertaking, it requires effective servant leadership.
Currently, the President is out of the country on one of those missions to ensure peace prevails in the Congo and the entire region.
This unwavering commitment to promote democracy, freedom, peace, stability and development on the continent of Africa, is what Zambia is renowned for – A beacon of peace for the whole continent.
Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI)