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SADC Emergency Meeting Urges DRC Forces to Respect Constitutional Process

The Southern African Development Community (SADC) has urged the political players in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) to remain peaceful until the electoral petition filed in the Constitutional Court is disposed of.

According to the resolutions of the double Troika Summit of the Heads of State and government of SADC, the caucus urged the Congolese people to prioritize peace in everything they are going to do.

Fours Heads of State attended who are Cyril Ramaphosa (South Africa), Hage Giengob (Namibia), João Lourenço (Angola) and President Edgar Lungu.

Full COMMUNIQUE

COMMUNIQUÉ OF THE DOUBLE TROIKA SUMMIT OF HEADS OF STATE AND GOVERNMENT

OF THE SOUTHERN AFRICAN DEVELOPMENT COMMUNITY (SADC)

ADDIS ABABA, REPUBLIC OF ETHIOPIA

17TH JANUARY 2019

  1. The Double Troika Summit (Summit) of the Heads of State and Government of the

Southern African Development Community (SADC) was held in Addis Ababa, in the

Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia on 17th January 2019.

Summit was attended by the following Double Troika Heads of State and

Government or their representatives:

Angola: H.E. President João Lourenço,  Out-going Chairperson of the Organ on Politics, Defence and Security Cooperation,  Namibia: H.E President Dr Hage G. Geingob, Chairperson of SADC South Africa: H.E. President Cyril Ramaphosa, Out-going Chairperson of SADC, Zambia: H.E. President Edgar Chagwa Lungu, Chairperson of the Organ on Politics, Defence and Security Cooperation, 2 Tanzania: H.E. Dr. Augustin P. Mahiga, Minister of Foreign

Affairs and East African Co-operation, representing the In-coming Chairperson of SADC

Zimbabwe: H.E. Mr. Raphael Faranisi, Ambassador of the Republic of Zimbabwe to the Democratic Republic of Congo, representing the In-coming

Chairperson of the Organ on Politics, Defence and Security Cooperation

  1. Summit was also attended by the Executive Secretary of SADC, H.E. Dr. Stergomena Lawrence Tax, and was briefed by H.E Leonard She Okitundu, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Co-operation of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).
  2. Summit reviewed the political and security situation in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) following the Presidential, Legislative and Provincial Elections that were conducted in the country on 30th December 2018.
  3. Summit congratulated the Government of the Democratic Republic of Congo and Independent National Electoral Commission (CENI) for organising and conducting generally peaceful elections, notwithstanding some incidences and the logistical challenges, coupled with the impediments brought about by the devastating Ebola outbreak and security insurgencies.
  4. Summit commended the Congolese people and all Political Stakeholders for ensuring that the elections were conducted in a peaceful manner.
  5. Summit commended H.E. President Joseph Kabila for his leadership in holding the elections.
  6. Summit noted that that due to the outbreak of the Ebola Virus in Beni and Butembo areas, combined with security challenges, Legislative and Provincial elections in Beni, Butembo and Yumbi were postponed to March 2019.

10.Summit encouraged the Government of the Democratic Republic of Congo to continue maintaining peace and security in the country.

11.Summit took note of the election petition filed in the Constitutional Court challenging the provisional results of the Presidential Election and called upon all the Congolese People and all the concerned Political Stakeholders to remain calm and act in a way that consolidates democracy and preserves peace, and to address any electoral grievances in line with the Democratic Republic of Congo’s Constitution and relevant electoral laws.

12.Summit called upon the international community to respect the sovereignty and territorial integrity of the Democratic Republic of Congo in accordance with the AU Constitutive Act, and the SADC Treaty.

13.Summit recognized and underscored the role of the Constitutional Court of the DRC and called upon the international community to respect the Constitution of the Democratic Republic of Congo and the internal legal and political processes for the finalization of the electoral process.

14.Summit also called upon the international community to support the Government of the Democratic Republic of Congo to maintain a peaceful and stable environment following the landmark elections, and avoid actions that are prejudicial to the electoral process.

  1. Summit further called for the continued implementation of the Peace, Security and Cooperation Framework in the Democratic Republic of Congo and the Region.

16.Summit reaffirmed its commitment to continued support to the Democratic Republic of Congo’s political processes, and with respect to neutralizing the negative forces and other armed groups operating in Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, and to remain seized with the matter.

17.Summit expressed its appreciation for the support rendered to the SADC Electoral Observation Mission (SEOM) by the Government of the Democratic Republic of Congo and the United Nations Organization Stabilization Mission in the DRC (MONUSCO).

18.Summit commended H.E. President Hage G. Geingob, Chairperson of SADC for convening the Double Troika Summit.

Done at Addis Ababa, Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia, 17th January 2019

10 Comments

  1. sunford munkombwe

    rule of pipo , by the pipo , for the pipo in congo

  2. United Nation

    What a great job by de SADC members….U’ve realy shows us a wonderful job,and we are only prayng that u continuel workng wth a same spirit.

  3. Osei

    Waiting

  4. Alfred kashiya

    Thank to our president he has show a heart of man piece and one love

  5. Brain Teaser

    Let justice prevail in the DRC for the common good of our brothers and sisters in the DRC.

  6. mr speaker

    i cant see any help coz they havent nterveined in the matter they know the truth

  7. ndapapa koswe

    trying t mediate in marriage affairs when you cannot manage your wife back home the result is obvious,kuwayawaya fye baleikala fye mukwa

  8. Charles

    More grace

  9. B D M

    Waiting resut praye for peace in Dr.congo, pantu Lesa e mwine wa mutende

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