DRC sta­tus wor­ries UN, Lungu

Daily Nation Newspaper - - Home News - By AARON CHIYANZO

PRES­I­DENT Edgar Lungu and the United Na­tions fear that con­fu­sion will erupt af­ter the up­com­ing Pres­i­den­tial elec­tions this De­cem­ber in the Demo­cratic Repub­lic of Congo if is­sues sur­round­ing the elec­toral process are not re­solved. Both Pres­i­dent Lungu and vis­it­ing UN sec­re­tary gen­eral An­to­nio Gut­terez's spe­cial en­voy, Said Djin­nit said when the later paid a cour­tesy call on him yes­ter­day that the sit­u­a­tion in Congo was a time bomb un­less heads are put to­gether to con­trol the sit­u­a­tion. Pres­i­dent Lungu, who is chair­per­son for the SADC or­gan on peace and se­cu­rity called for col­lec­tive ef­forts in en­sur­ing that there was no post-elec­tion vi­o­lence in neigh­bour­ing DRC. And Mr Djin­nit, who hailed Zam­bia for re­main­ing a bea­con of peace and sta­bil­ity in Africa, thanked the coun­try for be­ing part of the so­lu­tions for the re­gion. He as­sured the Pres­i­dent that UN looked for­ward to work­ing with him as the chair of peace and se­cu­rity in the re­gion. Later, spe­cial as­sis­tant to the Pres­i­dent for press and pub­lic re­la­tions Amos Chanda told jour­nal­ists that Pres­i­dent Lungu was wor­ried about the in­crease of refugees from Congo in past few weeks. Pres­i­dent Lungu also met Bank of Zam­bia gov­er­nor Denny Kalyalya at State House yes­ter­day. Mr Chanda said that the Pres­i­dent wanted to in­quire how the econ­omy was far­ing and the mea­sures to be put in place to en­sure sta­bil­ity of the Kwacha against ma­jor cur­ren­cies. Mr Chanda also said that gov­ern­ment had con­tin­ued dis­burs­ing its 75 per­cent obli­ga­tions to­wards the so­cial cash trans­fer as it waits a re­port from the on­go­ing in­ves­ti­ga­tions into the al­leged fi­nan­cial ir­reg­u­lar­i­ties in the ad­min­is­tra­tion of the fund.

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