President Lungu with Foreign Minister Harry Kalaba and Kaizer Zulu

PRESIDENT Lungu was yesterday among several African heads of State and representatives of Government who attended the 26th session of the heads of State and Government of the African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM) forum at the African Union (AU) headquarters.

The APRM forum is a specialised agency of the AU which was initiated in 2002 and established in 2003 by the AU in the framework of the implementation of the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD).

President Lungu was accompanied to the session by Minister of Foreign Affairs Harry Kalaba, Minister of Justice Given Lubinda, Zambia’s ambassador to Ethiopia Susan Sikaneta and special assistant to the President for press and public relations Amos Chanda.

This was at the on-going 28th ordinary session of the Assembly of heads of State and Government of the AU here, which started on Friday and ends on Tuesday.

APRM forum chairperson Uhuru Kenyatta said the number of reviews on governance has significantly improved as five more member states have applied to be reviewed.

Mr Kenyatta, who is Kenya President, said it is gratifying that the APRM forum has also witnessed peaceful elections and transitions in Zambia and other countries such as Ghana and Nigeria among others which recently held general elections.

He said contrary to “anticipation by the outside continent”, Zambia and other African countries which held elections recently have demonstrated that individual African countries can manage democratic processes peacefully.

He called for unity among African countries as the continent collectively pursues the Africa Agenda 2063.

And African Union Commission (AUC) deputy chairperson Erastus Mwencha said member states should support home-grown solutions to effectively deliver APRM programmes for African countries to succeed in governance.

Meanwhile, Namibia is the newest country to join the APRM forum with its President Hage Geingob, appending the signature to the ses-sion memorandum of understanding yesterday.

The APRM is a tool for sharing experiences, reinforcing best practices, identifying deficiencies and assessing capacity-building needs.

This is to foster policies, standards and practices that lead to political stability, high economic growth, sustainable development and accelerated sub-regional and continental economic integration.

Member countries use the APRM to self-monitor all aspects of their governance and socio-economic development.
AU stakeholders participate in the self-assessment of all arms of government (executive, judiciary and legislature), the private sector, civil society and the media.

The APRM review process gives member states space for national dialogue on governance and socio-economic indicators and an opportunity to build consensus.

President Lungu at the AU
President Lungu at the AU
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13 COMMENTS

  1. I hear he was being sidelined with a lot of them not confining to him.

    Illegality is a curse. The disgraceful thing you call your country a Christian nation, when judiciary and democracy are compromised and undermined.

    We are ruled by a thick Government. The whole lot.

    Who cares about AU to start with.

    Thanks

    BB2014,16

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  2. Suddenly Mushota is making sense. Even if you attend 100 AU sessions as President and your Mealie meal price still remains at K100 and unaffordable to the majority population, then what?

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  3. Illegitimate Lungu added no value to this Forum. Did the meeting review how Lungu and ECZ stole the 2016 Elections? Did the meeting review how Lungu was illegally and unconstitutionally inaugurated? Until the Petition is heard and determined Lungu remains an illegitimate President. Has Lungu recognised President Adama Barrow of Gambia? Has he congratulated Ecowas for using military force to enforce the Transfer of Power from Jammeh to Barrow in Gambia? ECOWAS should be hired to come and enforce the Hearing of the Petition in Zambia. SADC has failed the People of Zambia and DRC. SADC has no respect for Constitutional Democracy in Southern Africa.

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  4. A Peer Review Forum deals with good governance. Having recently stolen Elections in Zambia what was illegitimate Lungu doing at the Forum? Were these leaders scheming how to steal elections,manipulate the Constitution and Court processes? Illegitimate Lungu knows nothing about Good Governance. If Lungu really won the Election why is he blocking the Petition Hearing? Lungu has no shame and knows he never won those Elections and that is why he is not prepared to give evidence in Court showing how he won those Elections. Lungu knows the Petitioners have overwhelming evidence to show that Lungu lost the Elections. Without Hearing the Petition Lungu will remain illegitimate and will fail to govern Zambia without a mandate from the People.

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  5. This is a review Lungu could never pass. He must have cut a lonely figure at this meeting, like a prostitute would feel at a meeting discussing chastity and morality.

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  6. Illegitimate Lungu has no shame and is enjoying stolen victory without any Conscience. Since Mulungushi in 2014 Lungu has been stealing elections has now mastered how to rig Elections and cling to power. In 2015 and 2016 Lungu stole those Elections and is already scheming how to rig and win the 2021. Those who say HH & GBM should abandon the Petition are wrong. That will be giving Lungu an open licence to rig the 2021 Elections. The Petition is not just for the benefit of Petitioners but for all Zambians. There is no point in voting in 2021 becoz without reforms and change of personnel at ECZ and Concourt the 2021 Elections are as good as rigged. At ECZ Essau Chulu,Priscilla Isaac and all the Commissioners must go to instill confidence in ECZ. Concourt is a Fraud and the three muskateer…

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  7. All this good for nothing president is good at is travelling and looking like a gumu gumu in those ugly suits. Please lungu grow up. Guess this is what happens when you use tricks to steal an election. No plan just failures country wide. Lungu must go

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  8. Honestly, protocol entails either gray or black suite is worn at a function like this one but I wonder why this Chagwa keeps on wearing colours of a pimp! Anyway, no wonder his wardrobe is “masalamusied”, look at his wife’s dressing cope, mwati si chinyau cha vimbuza we are talking about here! Imagine that suite of Lungu and the protruding crocodile nilotica teeth of his, all tongues at the AU must have been wagging overdrive.

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