THE African Union has chosen former republican president Edgar Lungu as its head of election observer mission in Kenya’s elections next year.

PF chairperson for information and publicity Raphael Nakacinda confirmed this in an interview, saying the party was confident that Lungu would execute his duties to the expectations of the citizens.

He said Lungu was highly respected on the continent away from the propaganda perpetuated by some “unpatriotic elements”.

“I can confirm that is the position and we are proud of it. He is actually head of mission and not any other designation. First of all, that is what we expected to have our leaders and a leader who has demonstrated a comparable commitment to democratic tenets and peace not only to the nation but to the region and the continent. Away from the propaganda perpetuated by some unpatriotic elements, president Lungu is highly respected on the continent,” said Nakacinda.

“It was expected that he would be useful on the continent to help continue to be a shining light in terms of the growth and development of the democratic system of governance. So as the Patriotic Front we are very proud and we are very confident that he will execute his duties to the expectations of the citizens of the continent. So, we can only wish President Lungu well as he heads.”

Kenya is expected to hold general elections on Tuesday, August 9, 2022.