Zambia urged to use SADC chairmanship to promote peace

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A continental grouping advocating for peace inAfrica says Zambia should take advantage of her SADC Chairmanship to promote peace and stability in the region.

Network of Africa Peace Builder (NAPS) Africa Co-ordinator Rinos Simbulo says this
is because Zambia has been an oasis of peace which should transcend throughout the
region.

He was speaking during a press briefing in Lusaka today in line with the 26th United
Nations (UN) International Day of Peace.

Mr Simbulo pointed out that conflicts and wars were detrimental to the development
of the region.

He observed that the current situation in some parts of the Southern African region
does not support sustainable development.

Mr Simbulo also noted that the gap between the poor and the rich was widening.

He said this was a recipe for antagonism and conflict, hence the need for SADC to
address issues related to the eradication of all forms of inequality in the region.

Mr Simbulo said vulnerable groups such as women, elderly persons, youths, and the
disabled must not be marginalised.

He said Africa has been synonymous with violent conflict and political chaos, a
situation which he said must be corrected.

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