She will take part in activities of the Commonwealth Youth Centre in Lusaka – one of the Commonwealth’s four regional youth centres around the world – where she will engage with beneficiaries of the organisation’s training programmes for young people.
‘The Deputy Secretary-General will also meet senior government officials and other stakeholders. Her visit is the first by a senior Commonwealth official to the country since a small team from the Commonwealth Secretariat visited Zambia on a fact-finding mission in March this year’ read part of the statement.
A consortium of NGOs and political parties petitioned the Commonwealth early this year to take action on Zambia’s violations of human rights as provided in the Harare declaration. A team from the Commonwealth secretariat was dispatched to Zambia but so far the findings are kept secret in London.
Speaking in London ahead of the Deputy Secretary-General’s visit, Mr Richard Uku, Director of Communications and Public Affairs and Commonwealth Spokesperson said Mrs Masire-Mwamba hopes to hold consultations with various interlocutors while in Zambia.
“We look forward to continued partnership with Zambia in advancing the Commonwealth’s fundamental values, including democracy and good governance, sustainable development and respect for diversity,” Mr Uku said.
Mmasekgoa Masire-Mwamba, is a national of Botswana. She advises and reports to the Secretary General on Political Affairs, Human Rights, Youth Affairs, Legal and Constitutional Affairs.