APRM Governing Council calls for BRE resolution

The African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM) Zambia Governing Council has made several recommendations to government based on the key findings extracted from the key issues paper on Zambia.

Prominent among the recommendations is that government should urgently address internal political disagreements surrounding the question of the Barotseland Royal Establishment to avoid any possible conflict.

The council has also called on government to ratify and implement international instruments that Zambia has not ratified and implemented, adding that this should be followed by periodic reporting.

Speaking at a media briefing in Lusaka this morning, APRM Zambia Governing Council Chairman Reuben Lifuka says there is also need to establish constitutional mechanisms that guarantee the separation of powers among the three organs of the state.

He further says Zambia should also strengthen the Anti Corruption institutions through adequate legislation that guarantees their constitutional independence and insulate them from political interference.

The APRM Zambia governing council has however noted that there are some commendable practices in Zambia citing the maturing of democratic practices which is manifested in the peaceful change of leaders through the ballot boxes and the acceptance of defeat by incumbent.

Other commendable practices include the social cash transfer scheme introduced to cater for the majority household headed by widows, elderly and those that are chronically ill in some selected parts of the country.

The APRM Zambia governing council is this year expected to release a full report of the key findings in the thematic areas.
Zambia was recently peer reviewed.


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