The Southern African Centre for Constructive Resolution of Disputes (SACCORD), has praised acting President Guy Scott for assuring the nation that they will get the President they want following the death of late President Michael Sata.
The Centre has also commended Dr Scott for categorically stating the role he will play during the transition period to ensure that peace and prosperity continues to flourish in the country.
SACCORD Executive Director Boniface Cheembe said Zambians are only interested in peace and that Dr. Scott’s pronouncements are therefore welcome.
Mr. Cheembe told ZANIS in an interview with ZANIS in Lusaka today that the focus of Zambians should be to continue the development legacy left behind by the late President.
He said Zambia cannot continue on the path of prosperity if peace and security is not maintained in the nation.
Mr. Cheembe has since called on all Zambians to support Dr. Scott during the transition period for him to be able to execute his mandate and responsibilities in an effective and efficient manner.
The SACCORD Executive Director also implored the Acting President to continue to consult several stakeholders as he continues to lead the country during the transition period.
And Mr. Cheembe commended the defence forces and other organisations for the work they did during the mourning period that ensured that late President Sata was given a befitting and dignified send off.
He also praised opposition political parties and members of the public for the high levels of maturity exhibited during the mourning period.
Mr. Cheembe counselled all the political parties that will be participating in the forthcoming Presidential by elections to now focus and engage in politics of ideas for people to be able to make informed decisions.
He said political parties should observe all the electoral rules and work with stakeholders like the Police, the Electoral Commission of Zambia and Civil Society Organisations for the elections to be non-eventful.
He said during campaigns and elections, the police need to uphold high levels of professionalism in the discharge of their mandate especially in the enforcement of the Public Order Act.
Mr. Cheembe further appealed to political parties to desist from trying to use vulnerable groups such as the youths as conduits of violence during the election period.