The Southern African Development Community (SADC)’s call for an all-inclusive government in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) was premature and a hasty approach to solve the impasse after disputed polls, an electoral expert said Monday.

Zambian President Edgar Lungu, also chairperson of the SADC — an intergovernmental organization of 16 southern African states — said Sunday that the SADC wanted a government of national unity in the DRC as most stakeholders have rejected the provisional results of the presidential election.

MacDonald Chipenzi, executive director of the Governance, Elections, Advocacy Research Services (GEARS), said the call indicated the regional body was in a hurry to solve the electoral dispute and was calling for an all-inclusive government. “Barely a day after that appeal, the aggrieved parties have got up a petition. Before the petition is heard by the Congolese court, the SADC are now calling for a government of national unity,” he said. Chipenzi said the call for a government of national unity was undermining the judicial process in the DRC and that the SADC should have waited for the court to conclude its work before calling for an all-inclusive government.



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