Speaker of the National Assembly Patrick Matibini
says the International Day of Democracy is designed with the intention of educating youths about democracy and how they can engage Members of Parliament (MPs) actively participate in Zambia’s democratic processes.
Zambia has today joined other countries in the world in commemorating the International Day of Democracy which fell on September 15, 2014.
However, Zambia observed the day today due to other commitments it had faced on her parliamentary calendar.
Dr Matibini who is also president of the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) Zambia National Group said the National Assembly of Zambia has put in place various activities that are focused on young people in accordance with this year’s theme dubbed, ”Youth Involvement in Democracy”.
Patrick Matibini who was the guest of honour at the celebrations challenged the participants to take advantage of the occasion and acquaint themselves with the country’s democratic governance system.
And speaking earlier, IPU Honorary Secretary/Treasurer Doris Mwiinga said the day is important as it empowers youths and reflects on what they have achieved in the last 50-years.
Mrs Mwinga, who is also Clerk of the National Assembly, noted that as Zambia commemorates her independence jubilee, the activities lined up will help Zambian youths create a forum and give their views on the current democratic practices in Zambia.
The IPU is promoting the International Day of Democracy through its MPs in 162 countries around the world Zambia included.
Activities carried out by the United Nations in support of efforts of Governments to promote and consolidate democracy are undertaken in accordance with the UN Charter, and only at the specific request of the Member States concerned.