KASUBA MULENGA, Pretoria
PRESIDENT Lungu has assured the 37th Southern African Development Community (SADC) Heads of State and Government Summit here that Zambia will continue to diligently serve the region in championing peace and security.
Speaking after Zambia was elected deputy chair of the SADC organ on politics, defence and security yesterday, President Lungu said the country has for many years been in the forefront of spearheading peace and security in the region and Africa as a whole.
“I wish to thank member states for electing Zambia as deputy chair of the organ on politics, defence and security. I am deeply humbled and delighted for this opportunity.
“Zambia has enjoyed the distinct privilege to serve the region in championing peace and security dating back to the liberation era.
“We will therefore continue to attach great importance to these issues because of our shared understanding that peace and security are indispensable to development and prosperity,” President Lungu said.
The head of State said as a member of the African Union Peace and Security Council, Zambia’s election to the organ on politics, defence and security gives it increased impetus to champion peace not only in the SADC region but the continent as a whole.
Meanwhile, special assistant to the President for press and public relations Amos Chanda said the summit endorsed the report of the SADC election observer mission that Zambia held successful general elections last year.
“The summit has since congratulated President Lungu and the Patriotic Front for winning the elections. The summit has also commended the Electoral Commission of Zambia (ECZ) for having conducted elections in a fair and transparent manner,” Mr Chanda said.
He said the heads of State and Government attending the summit observed that the ECZ conducted the elections in a professional manner and that it was above board in its organisation of the polls, held on August 11 last year.