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Zambians Must not be swayed by false speculation around the Democracy Summit

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Minister of Justice, Mulambo Haimbe, has urged Zambians not to be swayed by false speculation concerning the agenda at the forthcoming summit for democracy, which opens in Lusaka tomorrow.

Mr Haimbe said people should ignore the speculation but focus on the official thematic areas of the international democratic showpiece. He reiterated that the event will be centered on participation of women, youth and persons with disabilities in the electoral processes, freedom of expression, the role of media and civil society in promoting transparent and credible elections.

He said this at a media briefing in Lusaka today. Mr Haimbe added that other thematic areas include transparency in political party financing and independence and autonomy of electoral management bodies. He said that any other area that is being speculated should therefore be treated as false.

Critics, mainly opposition political parties, have said the summit slated for 29th and 30th March 2023 in Lusaka will be used to champion LGBTQ rights.

Zambia was selected to co-host the Second Summit for Democracy, which will take place from March 29th to 30th, 2023. The summit will be co-hosted by Zambia, the United States of America, Costa-Rica, the Netherlands, and the Republic of Korea. The objective of the summit is to promote transparency, accountability, respect for human rights, and good governance.

State House Chief Communications Specialist, Clayson Hamasaka, says that Zambia’s selection to host the African region comes as a result of the country’s strong commitment to the principles of democratic governance, respect for the rule of law, and human rights. He adds that Zambia has a record of democratic and free elections, with peaceful transitions of power. Hamasaka says that the government looks forward to a successful summit and accelerating concrete action toward democratic renewal.

President Hakainde Hichilema will represent Zambia at the summit. The theme for the summit will be “Free, Fair, and Transparent Elections in Africa”. The summit will provide an opportunity for African leaders to share their experiences and best practices in promoting democracy and good governance.

Zambia’s co-hosting of the summit is seen as a great honour and an opportunity for the country to promote transparency, better governance and counter corruption. The summit will provide a platform for Zambia to showcase its commitment to democratic governance and respect for human rights. It is also an opportunity for Zambia to learn from other countries’ experiences in promoting democracy and good governance.

The summit is expected to address the challenges facing the African continent in promoting free, fair, and transparent elections. The summit will also discuss ways to strengthen electoral processes and institutions in Africa. The summit will be a forum for African leaders to exchange ideas and experiences on promoting democracy, and to discuss best practices for ensuring free, fair, and transparent elections.

In Zambia, a national conversation has begun about democracy, which includes legal reforms that will enhance the country’s democratic credentials. Zambia’s co-hosting of the Second Summit for Democracy is a testament that democracy works and fuels the hope needed to transform lives for generations to come.

Zambia’s co-hosting of the Second Summit for Democracy is a great opportunity for the country to showcase its commitment to democratic governance, respect for human rights, and good governance. The summit will provide a platform for African leaders to exchange ideas and experiences on promoting democracy, and to discuss best practices for ensuring free, fair, and transparent elections. Zambia’s participation in the summit is expected to enhance the country’s democratic credentials and promote transparency, better governance, and counter corruption.

7 COMMENTS

  1. Very disappointing. People expected an open government as compared to the PF. What see is continuous unreasonable actions, arbitrary arrests, secrecies, subtle tribalism, murder of school children. Add to the ever rising cost of living, one wonders whether we shall ever vote for honesty.

  2. If truly the UPND wants to be democratic, they should allow opposition MPs to protest on this day. There can be no better way of showing democracy. But of course we have had warnings from Police IG and minister of Home Affairs.
    Secondly, during Kamala Harris’ stop in Ghana, there was talk about enacting gay friendly laws.
    This is the ultimate test for HH. He stands a chance to be categorical and state to Harris that gay rights are of no concern to Zambia in much the same way that Kagame and the Presidents of Kenya have done.

  3. There are so many benefits that could be gained from this visit, it could be a fantastic PR coup, deals could be negotiated, Zambia will be shown to the world as a place to visit, we could use it to advertise the country in the world. And what do we have? Low intelligence politicians talking nonsense.
    Pathetic.
    Africans will always be bottom of the pile because when opportunities are presented they will always mess things up.

  4. THIS TIME THEY ARE BLOCKED AND THEY CANT EASILY STEAL AND /BUT THEY RESORTED TO PEDDLING LIES. IF YOU ASK SAMA, KAMBWILI AND GBM THEY WILL TELL YOU THAT PF IS NOT A SOCIALIST PARTY. NOW THE NEW COMERS HAVE SOLD THE PF PARTY TO MEMBE AND ALLTHE PF LEADERS ARE NOW BEING CONTROLLED BY MEMBEAND ARE INSTRUCTED TO RAISE MORE IES AGAIHST USA AND DEMOCRQCY

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