THE Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) has welcomed the constitution of a Commission of Inquiry into the political violence that characterised the last general elections and the voting patterns in the country.
YALI governance advisor Isaac Mwanza said his organisation was optimistic that the members selected to sit on the commission shall do a thorough job by looking at the ever-increasing causes of political violence during elections in Zambia.
Mr Mwanza asked the people of Zambia who abhor political violence to support the move by the President to look into the ever-increasing threat of political violence which was also the cause of political tension in the country.
He said YALI expected that the commission would not selectively target provinces which voted for opposition political parties where violence was also rife, but must do a thorough countrywide inquiry to include hotspots like Lusaka and Copperbelt.
“We have noted that some of the people being re-appointed on this commission were the same who have sat on previous commissions and have requisite experience,” he said.
He said YALI was, however, alive to the fact that Zambia was facing serious economic challenges and prudence demanded that the life of the commission should, therefore, be reduced with the hope that its work would be concluded in good time.
Mr Mwanza urged Government to make public the estimates of funds to be spent on the Commission for transparency purposes.
President Lungu appointed a 15-member Commission of Inquiry to examine the causes of political violence before, during and after the August 11th general elections and tasked them to submit its report to the Head of State within 120 days from the date of appointment.
The Head of State has in accordance with the Inquiries Act appointed the commission whose terms of reference would also extend to inquire into the voting patterns between 2006 and 2016.