UPHOLD CONSTITUTIONALISM, LUNGU URGES AFRICAN LEADERS

 

 

 

AFRICAN leaders should learn to uphold constitutionalism, the rule of law, democracy and good governance if the Continent has to attain peace and stability and forge its development agenda, President Edgar Lungu has said. President Lungu has attributed the source of conflicts and instability in some African countries to the failure by some African leaders to respect their countries’ constitutions and rule of law. Speaking when members of the African Union (AU) Peace and Security Council paid a courtesy call on him at State House yesterday, President Lungu said constitutionalism was a prerequisite for peace and security on the African continent. The President observed that some African countries were under strife because of lack of respect for constitutionalism and advised that constitutions should not be changed at will to serve selfish interests at the expense of the majority citizens. “Our people want peace. We can give them peace through the respect for our constitutions. Lack of respect for constitutions is a recipe for anarchy. Let the people’s Constitutions be stable. All of us are passengers and we will not be there forever. Leaders must therefore, allow the law to take its course for the sake of peace on the continent. It is about the rule of law, democracy and good governance. There is also need for governments to treat former leaders with respect and dignity after they leave office,” President Lungu said. And the President has assured the African Union Peace and Security Council members to count on the Zambian Government’s support to push for the implementation of resolutions of the ongoing retreat in Lusaka. President Lungu pledged his unwavering personal commitment and the Zambian Government’s dedication to ensure that African countries, which had not yet ratified the African Charter on Democracy, Elections and Governance (2007) did so. And AU Peace and Security Council members Ambassador Osman Kamara who is from from Sierra Leone appealed to President Lungu to take a leading role in ensuring that the declaration of the African Union Assembly in 2013 to make Africa conflict-free by 2020. The agenda of the AU Peace and Security Council is: “Silencing the Guns-Owning the Future.”   And Burundi’s representative to the Council Ambassador Dieudonne Ndabarushimana has described Zambia as a source of inspiration and a haven of stability, peace and hope. Ambassador Ndabarushimana said Zambia’s unwavering commitment to peace and stability in Africa was conspicuous, hence the need for the country to spearhead the continent’s vision to attain peace and stability. Meanwhile, Kenya’s representative to the Council Ambassador Joseph Vungo expressed concern that democracy in Africa was under threat due to prolonged stay in power by some African leaders in some countries. Ambassador Vungo appealed to President Lungu to take up the role of an Ambassador in fostering peace and stability in Africa by collaborating with other leaders on the Continent to put an end to conflicts and political instability. Other members in the Council who visited State House included those from Algeria, Botswana, Chad, Congo, Egypt, Kenya, Niger, Rwanda, Nigeria, South Africa, Togo and Uganda.

 

 

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