Finally Commonwealth makes Lungu and HH to forget 2016 elections

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President Edgar Lungu and opposition leader Hakainde Hichilema have agreed to engage in a peaceful dialogue to address the country’s political tensions.

This follows extensive consultations with Commonwealth Secretary-General Patricia Scotland, who arrived in the country on Sunday as part of a peace and relationship building tour of Africa. During her visit she held consultations with President Lungu, church leaders, the Speaker of the National Assembly, Dr Patrick Matibini, cabinet ministers, Mr Hichilema and other senior officials of his party. She also met with the Electoral Commission of Zambia and members of the Commonwealth diplomatic community in Zambia.

A statement issued to the media today by the Secretary-General said the President and the leader of the opposition have agreed to “a process of dialogue”, establishing a roadmap of reforms in preparation of the 2021 elections, working towards a peaceful resolution and boosting “public confidence in their commitment to a constructive, progressive and responsible engagement”.

The dialogue and roadmap to reform, it said, will be facilitated by the Commonwealth Secretary-General’s Good Offices and key national stakeholders.

“At the beginning of my tenure as Secretary-General, I decided to establish a new approach to democracy and governance support. So visiting Zambia at this crucial time was a priority for me, because this is where we essentially launched this new integrated approach to supporting peaceful elections and other democratic processes. This approach entails providing support to member states before, during and after elections,” said the Secretary-General.

The Secretary-General appointed Professor Ibrahim Gambari as her envoy before Zambia’s 2016 general elections with a mandate to work with the Electoral Commission of Zambia to help support peaceful dialogue. Secretary-General Scotland also deployed an observer group for the elections and is now pleased to support the government and the opposition to address issues of mutual interest.

She said, “I was able to build on the work of dedicated church leaders, other international representatives and the diplomatic community, and I am delighted that we have been able to come to an agreement to work together to strengthen peace and democracy in Zambia as we move forward.”

Secretary-General Scotland added that she was in the process of assigning a peace envoy to the country to facilitate “the critical and peaceful dialogue and reforms that are necessary for Zambia to preserve its status as a beacon of peace and good governance in Africa.”

During her trip she offered assistance through Commonwealth initiatives such as the recently launched Commonwealth Office for Civil and Criminal Justice Reform, which was described by ministers as timely, necessary and a “brilliant idea” for Zambia. The new programme will assist member countries to deliver access to justice and sustainable development through the creation of fair and effective national laws, and enhance policy-making and legislation.

The Secretary-General also highlighted a project to mobilise partnerships and support to vulnerable small states to achieve their sustainable development goals, and measures to boost trade, empower young people and women and address climate change.

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5 Responses to Finally Commonwealth makes Lungu and HH to forget 2016 elections

  1. In the SG’s Statement there is no where where she said ECL and HH should forget about the 2016 Elections and later she clarified that she did not stop the Petition.From now onwards its about following the Commonwealth Charter Legal processes.If Electoral Institutions like the Police, ECZ, Judiciary etc are going to be reformed then we need to know and agree on what went wrong in 2016 in the Electoral Processes and who won that election.This is part of the Dialogue between ECL and HH.In order for Zambians to retain confidence in voting it is inevitable that the Petition Hearing process be concluded and an Independent Election Tribunal be appointed to deal with this issue in my view.The Dialogue between ECL and HH facilitated by the Commonwealth Envoy appointed by the SG will work out the Petition Modalities.U cannot have unity, reconciliation and National Healing with out the Truth. Time will tell.

    August 10, 2017 at 6:09 am

  2. Ba Mwansa dream on the Petition expired after 14 days and HH did not win the elections. In 1991 and 2011 we had change of governments and in both incidents the victors won Lusaka and Copperbelt urban where our most educated citizens live

    August 10, 2017 at 8:47 am

  3. Are u sure lsk and cb provinces are the only areas with educated pipo? Use your head and not your belly to inform pipo. Your writeup is all trash

    August 10, 2017 at 8:21 pm

  4. The Commonwealth SG did not say the 2016 Elections should be forgotten. The Election Petition will be addressed thru Dialogue.This means both ECL and HH should provide evidence to an Independent Court and that Court will determine and declare the Winner and recommend a way forward. In the Kenyan Election Odinga claimed the the EIBC Computer Servers were hacked and results were manipulated in favour of Uhuru Kenyatta. EIB have since investigated the hacking manually. Taĺling and Verifying all figures from the source documents (B34 forms) from all Constituencies. Thereafter EIBC will announce Final Results. In Zambia Emmanuel Chavula a Ugandan was found in the ECZ Computer Servers manipulating the figures infavour of Lungu.The Election Results were announced without Gen12 forms. Thru Hearing the Petition these allegations need to be interrogated and verified. The Petition in Zambia must be heard without Fail.

    August 11, 2017 at 4:34 am

  5. boooooooooooo muzachuchaa haa

    grant phiri
    August 11, 2017 at 12:22 pm

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