CHAIRPERSON of the SADC Hage Geingob has expressef gratitude and appreciation to President Edgar Chagwa Lungu in the manner in which he has so far provided leadership over the SADC Electoral Observation Mission to the DRC in his capacity as the Chair of the Organ on Politics, Defense and Security.

During his opening statement at the Double Troika Summit of the Heads of State and Government of the
Southern African Development Community (SADC) which was held in Addis Ababa, in the
Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia, Chair Geingob praised President Lungu for his exceptional leadership role.

“I wish to take this opportunity to express our thanks and appreciation to our colleague, His Excellency Edgar Chagwa Lungu, for having provided leadership over the SADC Electoral Observation Mission to the DRC, in his capacity as the Chair of the Organ on Politics, Defense and Security,” Chair Geingob said who is also Botswana President.

The Double Troika Summit (Summit) of the Heads of State and Government of the
Southern African Development Community (SADC) was attended by Zambia, Angola, Tanzania, South Africa and Zimbabwe.

The 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).

The summit reviewed the political and security situation in the Democratic Republic of Congo following the Presidential, Legislative and Provincial Elections that were conducted in the country on 30th December 2018.

Following the disputes that arose from election results the summit encouraged the Government of the Democratic Republic of Congo to continue
maintaining peace and security in the country.

The summit has taken 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.

The summit has 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.

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