British envoy hopes Commonwealth probe team will do good job

British  High Commissioner to Zambia James Thornton says he is happy with the country’s political stability since attaining independence in 1964.

But the diplomat did not say anything about the current political situation in Zambia but diplomatically talked about Zimbabwe instead. Most people believe Zambia is deteriorating fast and would be worse than Zambia so Zimbabwe is a good example of warning Zambia.

Thornton said at a media briefing at Pine View Guest House in Chipata on Thursday that he was happy that Zambia had maintained political stability for a long time.

The High Commissioner said Zambia was one of the few countries on the African continent which had remained peaceful despite witnessing two changes in governments.

He said he was aware of the Commonwealth team which was in Zambia carrying out a fact finding mission on the alleged breaches of human rights by the PF regime.

He, however, declined to comment on the matter saying it was his hope that the Commonwealth representatives would do a good job.

“After its independence in 1964, Zambia had seen the change of government in 1991 and 2011 which I feel is good for a democratic country like Zambia, “he said.

He appealed to other Southern African Development Community (SADC) countries to help Zimbabwe resolve its problems.

“Zimbabwe should be peaceful like Zambia and I am imploring other countries through SADC to end the political impasse in Zimbabwe,” he said.

Mr Thornton said a number of elections in Zimbabwe had been marred with violence and intimidation, describing the situation as unfair.

On development, Mr Thornton said Government needed to maintain dialogue with the foreign partners for the development of the country.

The envoy said the Zambian Government should also continue maintaining economic policies which spurred growth.

He said there were a number of priority areas where foreign investors could assist speed up development.

“My emphasis is that foreign investors should be part of development and this can assist to fight poverty and hunger which is equivalent to 40 per cent in the country,” Mr Thornton said.

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