SACCORD, ZCID to hold violence indaba

The Southern African Center for the Constructive Resolution of Disputes (SACCORD) and the Zambia Centre for Inter-Party (ZCID) Dialogue will hold a two-day political party summit on political violence.

SACCORD executive director Boniface Chembe and his ZCID  counterpart Horrace Chilando said the summit was aimed at creating a platform for inter-party dialogue among all political parties.

Mr Chembe said SACCORD and ZCID were working in partnership with Friedrich Ebert Stiftung (FES) to hold the indaba on August 26-27 at Protea Hotel Arcades in Lusaka.

“Zambia will be celebrating its jubilee this year. Indeed the country has come a long way in achieving political and economic independence,”

“While it is a time to make merry, it is also a time for serious national reflection and introspection,” said Mr Chembe.

He observed that Zambia still faced a number of challenges that required concerted efforts to surmount.

He said among the challenges was political violence which had negated efforts to consolidate and deepen democracy in Zambia.

“It is important that Zambians come together to interrogate the causes of this violence, its effects and identify workable national strategies that could resolve these challenges,” he said.

And Mr Chilando said the summit would bring together senior members of political parties, civil society representatives and cooperating partners who would attend as observers.

“This will be a policy level meeting and therefore political parties are expected to send senior officials as specified in the letters of invitation,” Mr Chilando said.

Meanwhile SACCORD has embarked on provincial campaign to train police officers on the application and administration of the Public Order Act.

Mr Chembe said SACCORD would soon train officers in Luapula, Central, Lusaka and Southern Provinces on the application of POA and administration.

“We would have loved to conduct the exercise in all the provinces but the problem is that we have limited resources to cater for all provinces. But we shall be able to cover six provinces,” he said.