PRESIDDNT Edgar Lungu has appointed former finance minister Katele Kalumba as Alternate Head of SADC Electoral Observer Mission (SEOM) to the Parliamentary elections in Madagascar. Dr Kalumba is expected to lead a team of observers that has been constituted from all SADC member countries, including Zambia. The SADC electoral observer team is scheduled to arrive in Madagascar today until the country goes to the polls on May 27 to elect its members of the National Assembly.
This is the second time Dr Kalumba is being appointed as Alternate Head of a SADC Observer Mission, having led the SEOM to the 2018 Presidential elections in Madagascar. Former foreign affairs minister Kabinga Pande was also recently appointed as Alternate Head of the SADC Observer Mission to the May 8 general elections in South Africa.
President Lungu has been making the appointments in his capacity as SADC chairperson on politics, defence and security.
This is according to Naomi Nyawali, first secretary press and public relations at Zambia’s High Commission in South Africa.