Geingob calls on SADC leaders to help ensure stability in DRC

17 Jan 2019 18:50pm
WINDHOEK, 17 JAN (NAMPA) – President Hage Geingob has called on Southern African Development Community (SADC) leaders to assist the Democratic Republic of Congo in ensuring an atmosphere that will put an end to conflict and instability in that country.
Geingob made the call during the opening of the one-day SADC Double Troika Summit in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia on Thursday, in his capacity as SADC chairperson.
The summit was held to discuss the situation in the DRC, where elections on 30 December saw opposition leader Felix Tshisekedi declared the winner.
Martin Fayulu, who came second in the official results, is disputing the election outcome and lodged an appeal with the DRC’s Constitutional Court against the presidential election results.
“The announcement on 10 January 2019 by the Independent National Electoral Commission has raised hope, especially among the people of the DRC. As in any election, it has also raised fears among some quarters of the Congolese people, fear that they might be left out; hence the challenge in the Constitutional Court,” Geingob said in his statement availed to Nampa.
SADC was tasked to assist the Democratic Republic of Congo in managing and reconciling such fears and aspirations, he added.
“Their security, socio-economic aspirations should remain paramount,” Geingob said.
A communiqué issued by the SADC Secretariat called on the international community to support the DRC to maintain a peaceful and stable environment following landmark elections and to avoid actions that are prejudicial to the electoral process.
Summit, it noted, recognised and underscored the role of the Constitutional Court of the DRC and called upon the international community to respect the constitution of the DRC and the internal legal and political processes for the finalisation of the electoral process.
“The summit reaffirmed its commitment to continued support to the DRC’s political processes and with respect to neutralising the negative forces and other armed groups operating in Eastern DRC and to remain seized with the matter,” it said.