The Opening of the 38th Ordinary Southern African Development Community (SADC) Summit of Heads of State
FILE: The Opening of the 38th Ordinary Southern African Development Community (SADC) Summit of Heads of State

The Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) has welcomed the release of the provisional Election results in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC)

SADC has also congratulated the Congolese people, the Government of the DRC, all political stakeholders and the Independent National Electoral Commission (CENI) for conducting the elections.

According to a statement released to the media by State House, President Edgar Lungu who is also Chairperson for the SADC Organ on Politics, Defence and Security Cooperation has called for calm and patience among all Stakeholders.

President Lungu said all must refrain from acts of violence, whilst the process of releasing all the results of the elections is being conducted.

The President said that SADC has taken note of the disputes that have arisen and has encouraged all concerned stakeholders to remain calm and act in a way that consolidates democracy and preserves peace.

President Lungu further said that SADC reaffirms its commitment to continue to assist the DRC with respect to neutralizing the negative forces and other armed groups operating in Eastern DRC.

Below is the full statement

STATEMENT ON THE RESULTS OF THE 30 DECEMBER 2018 PRESIDENTIAL, LEGISLATIVE AND PROVINCIAL ELECTIONS IN THE DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO BY THE SADC ORGAN CHAIRPERSON, HIS EXCELLENCY EDGAR CHAGWA LUNGU, PRESIDENT OF THE REPUBLIC OF ZAMBIA

11 JANUARY, 2019

The Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) welcomes the release of the provisional results of the Presidential Election held under the combined Presidential, Legislative and Provincial Elections on 30 December 2018 in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

SADC congratulates the Congolese people, the Government of the DRC, all political stakeholders and the Independent National Electoral Commission (CENI) for conducting the elections.

SADC urges all political parties, candidates, and their supporters to exercise patience, and refrain from acts of violence, whilst the process of releasing all the final results of the elections is being conducted.

SADC further takes note of the disputes that have arisen, and encourages all concerned stakeholders to remain calm and act in a way that consolidates democracy and preserves peace.

SADC calls upon all stakeholders with concerns, including regarding the accuracy of the results, to pursue any election dispute about the provisional results, peacefully, through avenues provided by the existing national legal framework, and resolve their differences through political dialogue among all stakeholders.

SADC reaffirms its commitment to continue to assist the DRC with respect to neutralising the negative forces and other armed groups operating in Eastern DRC.

H.E. Edgar Chagwa Lungu, President of the Republic of Zambia, and Chairperson of the SADC Organ on Politics, Defence and Security Cooperation.

11 January 2019.

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11 COMMENTS

  1. I asked a Congolese guy who just returned last week from holiday, if he support Fayulu or Felix fimofimo. Conversation turned to why Sata is not helping DRC.
    I told him Sata died.
    He asked so Who is president of Zambia??? He was shocked.

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  2. I am going to be petty and comment about lungu’s body language and his suit …
    look at the way he’s standing, no confidence at all, his shoulders are high (tense), he’s not standing straight. (lack of confidence) and his suit…katwishi. I know for sure they’ve staff whose job is to coach a president how to dress, stand, talk official decorum. there’s etiquette that come with certain jobs.

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    • Mukolwe #3

      Tell HH to repair his rotten teeth which stops him from smiling.

      Ask HH to get a hair cut. He still has the same hair style from the 70’s.

      Remind HH to start using facial creams. For Godsake he has money.

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  3. I also asked Chairman Fimofimo why he was saying what he cannot do and he told me that the vision he does not have could not help him to have a vision to do what he was talking about.

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