Commonwealth Secretary General says HH, Lungu have agreed to make peace

Commonwealth secretary general Patricia Scotland says Edgar Lungu and UPND leader Hakainde Hichilema have agreed to a peaceful resolution of the political crisis in Zambia.

Ms Scotland was Speaking at a press conference following her meetings with Edgar Lungu and incarcerated UPND President Hakainde Hichilema.

Opening remarks.

Having had the benefit of visitations and the efforts by the church to have harmony in Zambia, I have held separate meetings with his excellency Edgar Lungu and the Honourable leader of main opposition UPND Hakainde Hichilema.

Both Mr. Hichilema and Mr. Lungu have agreed to a process of consultative process in readiness for the 2021 elections.

Both Hichilema and Lungu have agreed, in line with the Commonwealth charter to foster peace.

Both men have agreed not to look back but to look forward to the next elections and have given in to peaceful resolutions through responsible engagement.

She said the Commonwealth will appoint envoy to ensure that there’s no breakdown in the process to which the leaders have committed themselves. There has been concerns on the electors process in relation to the new constitution and the way it has been implemented. The commonwealth will also be looking and review the recommendations of the observers of the 2016 elections.

Commonwealth will henceforth be involved in pre-election, observation and recommendations as a practice for good governance.

 

Ms. Scotland says she has had engagements with both people, with HH the first meeting took more than two hours and there are some matters that were raised on behalf of Hichilema and she’s sure both parties will adhere to the commitments.

She says the role of the prosecutor will have to be take independently. Says the prosecutor falls in two elements; weather the matter complained of is befitting and has sufficient evidence, and 2, as to whether it is in public interest. If the prosecution finds that the matter is not in public interest, the prosecution may enter a nolle prosequi. There has been genuineness on the commitment and remains sure that the DPP will make reasonable consideration in public interest.

 

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