President Lungu off to South Africa for a consultative meeting on DRC and routine medical check up- VP to discharge the functions of the President until the head of state returns.

President Edgar Chagwa Lungu (left) talks to Vice-President before departure for South Africa at Zambia Air Force Base in Lusaka on Tuesday,January 8,2019. PICTURE BY SALIM HENRY/STATE HOUSE ©2019

President Edgar Lungu, this after left for South African to attend an urgent consultative meeting with his South African counterpart President Cyril Ramaphosa on the electoral process in the Democratic Republic of Congo(DRC).

According to a press statement released to the media by Statehouse and signed by his Special Assistant for Press and public Relations , Amos Chanda, the President Lungu will attend hospital for his routine annual medical review.

While the President is away, Vice President Inonge Wina has been designated to discharge the functions of the President until the head of state returns.

Election officials in Democratic Republic of the Congo say voters will have to wait another week for the preliminary results of the presidential election held at the end of last year.

The initial outcome of last week’s vote to choose a successor to President Joseph Kabila was due to be declared on Sunday, but nearly half of the votes remain uncounted.

Meanwhile, Belgian Foreign Minister has called on authorities in the Democratic Republic of Congo to publish results of the December 30 presidential elections, AFP news agency reports.

Didier Reynders is quoted by AFP as telling the RTBF broadcaster that it was absolutely of the essence that the true will of the Congolese voters is declared.

“The important thing today is to publish the results of the elections in the Democratic Republic of Congo even if they do not please the powers that be.”

Announcement of preliminary results were slated for January 6 but were delayed because the elections body, CENI, had collated just 53% of the results.

The UN’s security council is due to meet on Friday for a special session over the situation in the DRC. Government has defended a communication blackout that has made reporting results almost impossible.

The Catholic Church has declared that a single candidate won the vote outright and called for results to be released. That posture earned it flak from the ruling FCC coalition and CENI.

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