Windhoek, Aug 17–His Excellency Dr. Mokgweetsi Eric Keabetswe Masisi chairperson of the SADC Organ on Politics, Defence and Security has extended his congratulatory message to the people of Zambia for a peaceful general election.
On 12th August 2021, the people of the Republic of Zambia voted in their General
Elections to elect the office bearers for the Presidency, Members of Parliament and
Despite the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, the people of Zambia turned
out in large numbers. This is the 7th time Zambia is successfully electing a President through competitive multiparty elections since the historic 1991 polls, providing vital lessons for the region and the African continent at large.
“On behalf of the SADC Region, I wish to congratulate the people of Zambia for
consolidating democracy in their country and the region through peaceful elections.
Notwithstanding, there were reported isolated and sporadic acts of violence that are regrettable.
SADC remained seized with the developments in the Republic of Zambia and engaged
key stakeholders throughout the process, and notes that despite immense pressure
from these highly competitive General Elections, political stakeholders were generally
satisfied that the Electoral Commission of Zambia (ECZ) was able to discharge its
” I, therefore, on behalf of SADC, wish to congratulate the President-Elect Mr. Hakainde
Hichilema, leader of the United Party for National Development (UPND), for winning
the 12th August 2021 Presidential Election, as pronounced by the Electoral Commission of Zambia.SADC also urges all stakeholders to maintain their peace as the rest of the General Election results are finalized and announced by the ECZ, and to channel any electoral disputes through the appropriate legal platforms.”