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Any lawlessness intended to disrupt the summit on democracy will not be tolerated by government

After the visit of United States of America (USA) Vice President Kamala Harris, the GOVERNMENT has issued a warning that it is on high alert and would not tolerate lawlessness that is intentionally intended to disrupt peace this week.

In a similar vein, the government of Zambia has declared that it will not tolerate lawlessness during the Summit for Democracy.

So, inciting people to demonstrate against the events’ proceedings is not only malicious but also illegal, according to Minister of Home Affairs and Internal Security Jack Mwiimbu.

The Summit for Democracy will be co-hosted by Zambia this week along with the United States, the Government of Costa Rica, the Netherlands, and the Republic of Korea.

The Summit’s major goal is to highlight the desire for transparent, responsible, and rights-respecting governance around the world. Its subject is “free, fair, and transparent elections as a basis for democratic governance.”

On the other side, Ms. Harris’ visit focuses on cooperation, security, and economic success between the USA and Zambia.

Since then, Mr. Mwiimbu has urged peace since lawlessness would not be allowed.

“The government will not condone any form of lawlessness deliberately designed to disrupt the two events. Lawlessness has no space in zambia. Our security wings are on high alert to ensure that any law breakers are dealt with accordingly and ensure the safety of our visitors, ” he said

He said the events are important for the nation because it resonates soundly well with the values and principles chosen to pursue under the New Dawn administration.

“The US Vice President, Kamala Harris, will be visiting Zambia as part of her tour of the continent of Africa to strengthen partnerships between USA and Zambia.The Summit for Democracy event in Zambia will provide an opportunity for electoral stakeholders contributing to electoral integrity to explore how elections on the African continent have changed in recent years and how to address emerging challenges,” he said.

In a statement, Mr. Mwiimbu noted that Zambia has the chance to boost its democratic image and draw attention to some of the electoral reforms implemented in preparation for the general elections in 2021. He pointed out that the summit offers a unique opportunity to focus attention, mobilize global action, and engage on democratic problems throughout 2023 and beyond.

As a country that has accepted democracy, Mr. Mwiimbu added, Zambia is overjoyed to co-host this significant occasion that validates Zambia’s democratic ideals and aspires to revive democracy globally.

“The US Vice President’s visit focuses on strengthening partnerships, security and economic prosperity between Zambia and the USA. Zambia is part of the global community. There is need to create stronger partnerships with other countries in the global community.   some of the challenges facing our nations and continents can be addressed through valuable partnerships. Zambia has engraved its name in the hearts of peoples of many nations as a warm and peace loving nation,” he said.

He has since appealed for peace to be maintained as anarchy is foreign to the Zambian soil.

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