SACCORD launches peace, democracy strategic plan

THE Southern African Centre for the Constructive Resolution of Disputes (SACCORD) has launched a five-year strategic plan aimed at promoting peace, democracy and human rights in Zambia.

SACCORD executive director Boniface Cheembe told journalists in Lusaka yesterday that the 2014-2018 Strategic Plan would to be executed at a cost of K10, 692,138 million.

“This strategic plan will have four programmes including peace building, human rights, access to justice, accountability and governance as well as organisational capacity and development programme,” Mr Cheembe said.

He said under the peace building programme, SACCORD would implement both local and regional initiatives that would enhance peace building, security and conflict management.

Mr Cheembe added that the human rights and justice programme would seek to address violation of human rights by government and increase knowledge, awareness on human rights issues and confidence in the electoral system.

And SACCORD board chairperson Ms Christine Munalula said the 2014-2018 strategic plan would build upon the good work that the organisation had been doing since its inception in 1999.

Ms Munalula said the plan which is themed “consolidating and strengthening 13 years of peace building in Zambia and the sub-region through the promotion of peace, democracy and human rights’’ would contribute to the promotion of peace and democracy in Zambia as well as the Southern African region.

“SACCORD will also implement a number of activities around areas of decentralization, human rights monitoring, torture, monitoring mines, promotion of dialogue, budget tracking, promotion of freedom of rights to assemble and association, constitution awareness and elections activities among others,” she said.

Ms Munalula said the plan would also utilize lobbying, research, dialogue, strategic networking with regional economic bodies and media engagement among others.

“We appreciate the support that SACCORD continues to receive from the Zambian republic, the media fraternity and the other co-operating partners. This support has helped the organisation continue to devise plans that seek to benefit the people in Zambia,” Ms Munalula said.