Reconcile for sake of peace, says US envoy

US Ambassador to Zambia Eric Schultz has called on political leaders in Zambia to strive for reconciliation and help in maintaining the peace that the country has enjoyed over the years.

Mr. Schultz observed that political leaders had a vital role to play in unifying the nation after elections.

He told the Daily Nation in an interview that if political leaders reconciled, there would be no more violence in the country.

Mr. Schultz urged political leaders to be tolerant of each and promote peace in the country by showing love and working together for the betterment of the Zambian people.

“In this post-election period, the most important thing is that peace be maintained and political leaders have the key to that. They should be tolerant of one another and strive for reconciliation.

“As an outsider, I believe in One Zambia, One Nation. It’s very important that they reconcile with one another; this is one of the ways of preventing violence after elections in the country,” said Mr. Schultz.

He said the US was confident that Zambia would remain peaceful because of its adherence to peace, stability and democracy in the region.

Mr. Schultz, however, emphasised the need for various stakeholders to sensitise the people on the importance of peace.

He noted that Zambia was regarded as a haven of peace in the region, adding that peace ought to be maintained.

“Freedom, democracy and peace are values that the US government will continue to uphold and the US shares these values with the Republic of Zambia. It is important for all stakeholders to ensure that there is peace during this period.

“We are confident that peace will prevail because Zambians are peaceful people and the country has a great image of peace not only in Africa but the whole world.  ‘‘Zambians need to remain peaceful for the sake of the great image that the country has of a stable nation,” he said.

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