SALAAM, Tanzania (Xinhua) --
The Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) meeting
in Tanzania on Friday agreed to support the Democratic
Republic of Congo (DR Congo) in preparations for the
2018 general elections.
Augustine Mahiga, the
east African nation’s Minister for Foreign Affairs, said
SADC will give full support to the vast central African
country as it prepared to conduct general elections next
Briefing journalists at the end of a one-day meeting
of SADC Inter-State Politics and Diplomacy Committee in
the commercial capital Dar es Salaam, Mahiga said the
southern African regional body also appealed to the
international community to support DR Congo towards
preparations of the polls.
"SADC has pleaded to heads of state and government as
well as international bodies to assist DR Congo
financially because the country is currently facing
political instability," said Mahiga.
He said DR Congo which was currently under an interim
government under President Joseph Kabila faced a number
of challenges including lack of finance ahead of its
Mahiga said the meeting agreed to send the message to
international bodies to help the country in its
pre-elections preparations, including registration and
updating the voter’s registration book.
He said DR Congo Minister for Foreign Affairs and
Trade, Raymond Tshibanda, presented a report to the
meeting on the political situation in the country.
The Congolese minister briefed the meeting on
political challenges following the death of opposition
leader Etienne Tshisekedi, said Mahiga.
Mahiga said the meeting also discussed political
instability in the Kingdom of Lesotho.
Mahiga said the meeting reviewed and agreed to give
membership to the Comoros that became the 16th member of
the SADC while giving recommendations to Burundi after
it failed to reach some qualifications to be granted