Zambian Diaspora call for peaceful, free and transparent elections
The most Zambians from the Diaspora who attended a Diaspora Forum Elections 2011 at the Houses of Parliament Committee Room 18, here in London complained about lack of justice, good governance and democracy as Zambia goes for 2011 general elections.
The main objective of the meeting, which is organized by UKZAMBIANS and supported by the Royal African Society on Wednesday (June, 29, 2011), was to debate the forth coming polls to ensure that the elections are peaceful, transparent and fair.
One participant told the meeting that:
“When we come together as we do tonight, through the voices of the many, we send a louder voice stating without ambiguity our shared values and determination to see that Zambia continues to build her legacy as a peaceful nation through among other things, the conduct of peaceful and democratic electoral process”.
Given Chansa said there is little we can do about the Zambia of yesterday but we are well capable of shaping the Zambia of tomorrow.”
Domino Champe told the meeting that those who work in the media should not be made to fear for their jobs of imprisonment.
“I do not want Zambia to go through what happened in Tunisia,” said one Diaspora.
“Zambians in Diaspora have a connection with Zambia as it is their first home because they were born there”.
Mrs. Kaluba said that Zambians in the Diaspora have family members in Zambia and therefore have interest in the welfare of their family members.
“Any future sales of Zambia’s resources to any foreign investor should ensure the protection of the interests of Zambia’s present and future population as lessons should have been learnt from privatisation of Zambia’s parastatals.
“There should be zero tolerance on corruption during and after the sale of any resources. Any future investment opportunities should allow the participation of Zambian people”.
It’s time to renegotiate contract terms with foreign investors in the interest of Zambia people.
The meeting had participation of individuals, political party representatives from the MMD, PF and also the PACT forum branch in London and Zambia Diaspora Connect.
Those who attended the meeting felt that further Diaspora meetings should be organised.
The organiser UKZAMBIANS promised to circulate details of meeting deliberations to all participants.