Zambia’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Hon Joseph Malanji has reiterated the call by President Edgar Lungu for the DRC stakeholders to focus on reaching a negotiated political settlement through national dialogue.
In his statement issued from Pretoria, and speaking on behalf of President Edgar Lungu in his capacity as Chairperson of the SADC Organ on Politics, Defence and Security Cooperation, Hon Malanji said SADC hoped that such negotiations would result in an inclusive government.
Hon. Malanji who was the Head of the SADC Observer Mission in the DRC and is also the Chairperson of SADC Ministerial Committee on the Organ on Politics, Defence and Security Cooperation, a settlement should be reached through dialogue and inclusiveness.
He said, it is in this light that President Edgar Lungu was calling on all parties in the DRC to engage in dialogue while recognizing legal processes provided for in the Constitution.
Hon. Malanji also clarified that the issue or consideration for a recount or proposal for ballot recount, electoral irregularities should be left to the internal procedures or sovereign institutions of the Democratic Republic of Congo.
And Mr. Malanji has said President Lungu has called for continued environment of Peace to prevail in the DRC during this sensitive period.
Below is the full statement;
“On behalf of the Chair of the SADC Organ on Politics Defence & Security, His Excellency Mr Edgar Chagwa Lungu, President of the Republic of Zambia I wish to further clarify that following the provisional results of the presidential election in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), the Southern African Development Community (SADC) efforts should be focused on reaching a negotiated political settlement through dialogue and inclusiveness.”
“An inclusive government could be the outcome of such negotiations.”
“In this regard, the Chair wishes to call on all parties to engage in dialogue while recognizing that there are legal processes as provided for in the constitution.”
“Therefore, any consideration for a recount or proposal on perceived electoral irregularities should be left to the sovereign internal procedures of the Democratic Republic of the Congo as maybe provided for in the law of that country.”
“President Lungu calls for a continued environment of peace to prevail in the Congo during this sensitive period.”
Issued by the
Zambian Mission in Pretoria.