Minister of Home Affairs Stephen Kampyongo says Zambia’s commitment and participation towards the African Union (AU) Agenda 2063 flagship project of Silencing the Guns by 2020 is bearing fruit despite challenges surrounding the process.
Mr. Kampyongo observed that although Zambia is grappling with the issues of displaced persons from other countries, it is determined to ensure that peace and security prevails at all cost.
The Minister disclosed this in an interview with ZANIS in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia yesterday.
He explained that Zambia remains committed by demonstrating its desire through the use of the slot that it has on peace and security including its membership on the Southern African Development Community Troika (SADC) on Politics, Peace and Security.
“We see how we can fully participate in achieving this goal”, he emphasised.
Mr. Kampyongo pointed out that the hotspots within the Great Lakes Region remain a concern in terms of conflicts considering that arms, among other weaponry tools are not managed and regulated.
According to the Home Affairs Minister, with such developments in place, it is therefore, crucial to ensure that member states are encouraged to take stock of the arms by controlling the situation.
On the free movement of people, Mr. Kampyongo reiterated that Zambia supports the spirit of people moving freely across the continent.
He, quickly, however, contended that the practice should not be done at the expense of internal sovereignty security that countries are striving so hard to promote.
“It is important that we do not lose sight since there are issues of terrorism and criminal activities, and that is Zambia’s participation on the Agenda 2063 flagship project of Silencing the Guns is critical”, he noted.
He added that opening the borders to other countries demands that stringent measures are taken into account and adhered to for the safety of the citizenry and peace and security in the region thereby taking root.
And commenting on this year’s theme for the 30th ordinary session of the African Union Assembly of Heads of State and Government Summit dubbed, “Winning the Fight Against Corruption: A Sustainable Path to Africa’s Transformation,” Mr. Kampyongo observed that when corruption takes root, peace and security of member states is also compromised.
Meanwhile, Mr. Kampyongo has commended President Edgar Lungu for his unwavering leadership demonstrated towards addressing the refugee situation in the country.
The Home Affairs Minister stated that President Lungu has been at the core to ensure peace prevails in the region.
He added that the current influx of refugees from the DRC which stands at over 14, 000, is overwhelming in terms of Government’s provision of social services to the displaced including the citizenry.
Mr. Kampyongo noted that Zambia’s peace and security should be embraced by everyone for sustainable economic growth and development.
He has thanked the various local and international institutions that are supporting Government in providing for the displaced persons in Zambia as the development requires concerted efforts.
“We are grateful to the various institutions such as the UN agencies, Red cross, among other stakeholders for the hand they have extended to Government,” he applauded.
And according to the African Union Commission Chairperson Moussa Faki Mahamat, in his 2018 New Year message to Africa, restated that the African Union remains committed to working with Member States to deliver on the ambitious Agenda 2063 flagship project of Silencing the Guns by 2020.