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SACCORD urges Zambian politicians to emulate Uhuru, Odinga reconciliation

SACCORD executive director Boniface Cheembe says Zambian political leaders should emulate Kenya by supporting Commonwealth special envoy Professor Ibrahim Gambari as he helps in implementing the national dialogue process.

Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta and opposition leader Raila Odinga have agreed to reconcile and soothe tensions after last year’s bitterly contested presidential election, and re-election.

Kenyatta and Odinga, leader of the National Super Alliance, or NASA, spoke on national television on Friday after their first public meeting since the October election,with the opposition leader saying it was time for the two rivals to resolve their differences.

Cheembe, in his Facebook posting, stated yesterday that the two leaders had shown that Kenya was bigger than both of them and that they must be commended.

“Good evening friends! In the last few hours, the African continent has been greeted with wonderful news of the reported reconciliation between Kenyan Republican President Uhuru Kenyatta and opposition president Raila Odinga. The two leaders, the people of Kenya and citizens of East Africa must be congratulated for being proactive and taking the bold step of ensuring that one of Africa’s most important nation is put back on the path of peace and normalcy following very divisive elections in that country,” Cheembe stated.

“One can have no doubt that Zambia will follow suit, as the nation with support of the Commonwealth Special Envoy Professor Ibrahim Gambari, starts implementing the plan and vision around the national dialogue process. It is expected that this national dialogue process will culminate into the formation of the National Peace Architecture for the Republic. The dialogue and reconciliation fever is not only at the African continental level, but also at the global level. President Donald Trump must be applauded for taking a pragmatic decision to meet with Kim Jong Un over the nuclear proliferation that has bugged the entire universe for many decades now.”

He stated that the decision by the leader of the world’s most dominant nation had shocked many and that he must be applauded for doing what many thought was impossible.

“All these examples are indicators of humanity’s effort to preserve peace within nation-states and international society. What is happening is a proper definition of what former President Barack Obama described as the ‘audacity of hope.’ Have a hopeful one friends!” stated Cheembe.

Prof Gambari is currently in the country and has so far held meetings with leaders of church bodies and UPND leader Hakainde Hichilema.

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