FORMER chief justices, retired defence chiefs and generals have formed a club calling itself ‘Pillars of Peace Zambia’ which is aimed at preaching non-violent campaigns ahead of the 2016 general elections.
Its patron, who is Zambia’s first republican president Kenneth Kaunda, said there would be need to avoid violence ahead of the 2016 general elections.
And former Chief Justice Lombe Chibesakunda said Zambia has been taking peace for granted because it has never experienced war.
Speaking during the launch of the Pillars of Peace Zambia on Thursday evening, Dr Kaunda said Zambia needed practical programmes that encouraged conflict resolutions and the building of non-violent campaigns and peace.
“Recently, I heard Edgar Lungu calling for coming together to deal with solving tension before the elections commence. Others from other parties and sectors are echoing this approach. Yes, let us work together for the common good and have elections in some atmosphere of respect and peace. Let’s work for peace to be our way of life and culture,” Dr Kaunda said.
He said there could no longer be prosperity without peaceful relations among human beings.
Dr Kaunda, said there was no substitute for practical action and urged everyone to be inspired into action for love and goodwill for our neighbours. “For the August 2016 elections and beyond, for all time, let us work together for peace. We must work hard to have the stability Zambia has been working on for decades. This work is for all of us, you and I. this evening, let us welcome Pillars of Peace into the effort for peace,” he said.
And Pillars of Peace Zambia chairperson, justice Chibesakunda urged Zambians not to take for granted the peace that the country has enjoyed.
Justice Chibesakunda said the recent violence that characterised the Youth Day Celebrations were a wakeup call as it was a threat to the national peace.
“Peace is something immaterial which we as Zambians often take for granted, as we have rarely been put in situations of great conflict,” she said.
Justice Chibesakunda explained that the organisation has been formed with the aim of promoting peace in the country.