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AU postpones January 21 visit to Kinshasa

Written by: George Kalisa
Sunday, January 20th, 2019, 8:31
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The African Union (AU) has today postponed the visit to Kinshasa by the Heads of state and government that had been scheduled January21 for the high-level consultative meeting following the Addis Ababa meeting last week.

 

The cancelation of the visit comes hours after the Constitutional Court in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) proclaimed final results of the December30 disputed election against the AU decision that had called for a holdup.

“It should be noted that the visit of the high-level delegation to Kinshasa on 21 January 2019 has been postponed” said the statement.

 

“The African Union Commission takes note of the decision of the Constitutional Court of the Democratic Repubic of the Congo proclaiming the final results of the presidential and national and provincial and legislative elections of 30 December 2018,” added the AU statement released today in Addis Ababa.

 

The AU said it will continue its quest for peace in DRC especially in this critical phase.

 

“The Commission reiterates the continued availability of the African Union to accompany the Democratic Republic of the Congo in this critical phase of its history, as well as its solidarity with the Congolese people”

 

AU, however, said it expects a report on the situation in DRC by February.

 

“The February 2019 Summit of the Union will receive a report on the efforts made, in solidarity with, and support to, the people of the Democratic Republic of the Congo”

It was an occasion for the delegation to interact with all Congolese stakeholders including all political actors on the situation in the Democratic Republic of the Congo in order to allay post-election violence after taking into cognizance that there were “serious doubts on the conformity of the provisional results, as proclaimed by the National Independent Electoral Commission, with the votes cast”   

 

Opposition coalition Martin Fayulu who claims he won the Presidential election with 61% has called for peaceful demonstration against the ruling of the Constitutional Court.

 

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