SADC negotiates a unity government in DRC

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

JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA (ADV) – The Southern African Development Community (SADC) has called on all Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) political leaders to consider a negotiated political settlement for an all-inclusive government.

This follows the strong objections to the provisional results of the presidential election recently held in the DRC.

“SADC encourages all stakeholders in the DRC elections to pursue a negotiated political settlement for a government of national unity,” said H.E Edgar Chagwa Lungu, President of the Republic of Zambia in his capacity as chairperson of the SADC Organ on Politics, Defence and Security.

President Lungu said he has spoken to leaders of SADC and the International Conference of the Great Lakes Region (ICGLR).

He further mentioned that he has also spoken to the provisionally proclaimed winner, Felix Tsisekedi and other stakeholders within and outside of the DRC.

“SADC draws the attention of Congolese politicians to similar arrangements that were very successful in South Africa, Zimbabwe and Kenya where governments of national unity created the necessary stability for durable peace,” stated Lungu.

“SADC therefore encourages all parties to enter into a political process towards a government of national unity in order to enhance public confidence, build bridges and reinforce democratic institutions of government and electoral process for a better Congo,” he added.

As a regional mother body, SADC also urged DRC authorities to swiftly resolve all elements of doubt that could undermine the fairly successive general election and pose a danger to the peace and stability of the country.

“SADC has taken note of the strong doubts cast on the poll outcome by Roman Catholic Church in the DRC which had deployed more than 40,000 monitors, the opposition Lamuka coalition, and other observers and therefore feels a recount would provide the necessary re-assurance to both winners and losers.”

The president further urged all DRC politicians commit to actions and processes that do not escalate tensions any further.

The SADC also applauded DRC for presiding over a progressive election.

“We express solidarity with the government and the people of the DRC for organizing a relatively successful election that inspires hope that the country was on a path towards democratic consolidation,” he added.

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