Joseph Kabila missing from the Brazzaville summit

Elections in the Democratic Republic of Congo were at the centre of a mini-summit Wednesday in Brazzaville. Five heads of state from the Southern African Development Community (SADC) took part.

They are Congolese Denis Sassou n’Guesso, Angolan Joao Manuel Gonçalves Lourenço, Namibian Hage G. Geingob, Zambian Edgar Chagwa Lungu and Botswana Mogweetsi Eric Keabetswe Masisi.

They called on the political class and civil society of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) to appease for the organization of a free, democratic and transparent election.

After a closed session that lasted nearly 7 hours, the five heads of state present in Brazzaville expressed, in a statement, their concern at the acts of violence that have stained the electoral campaign in the DRC.

They also deplored the destruction by fire of some of the electoral material in the country. The president of the DRC, Joseph Kabila, neighbour of the host country of the summit, was the great absent of the meeting.

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