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A Civil Society Perspective

for the Consultative Group Meeting held on 7th July 2002 at Mulungushi Conference Centre


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This paper provides the Civil Society position on political governance in Zambia. The paper is informed by the existing good governance premise of the Zambian government – Donor partnership. The underlying assumption of the partnership is that observance of human rights and democratic tenets are critical to socio-economic growth.

In recognition of this assumption and in pursuit of its goals, Civil Society in Zambia endeavours to carry out its activities in a manner that can lead to a sustained observance of human rights and democratic tenets. The activities range from education and awareness, to (human rights) monitoring and reporting.

The paper addresses itself to the state of political governance in Zambia, relative to the concerns that question the premise of the government – Donor partnership, and it is prefaced by an Executive Summary.

The Executive Summary provides a concise brief of Civil Society concerns that need redress by the government and also asserts its dismay with Donor dialectics.

The body of the paper, in the main, constitutes the justification for the concerns (and arguments) in the Executive Summary.

We hope all concerned parties will be cognisant of the fact that our position is first informed by the universality and inviolability of human rights – basic, civil and political, and socio-economic, and; second our right to exist in a world order that is congruent to accepted practices of political governance.

Thank You.


This paper would not have been possible but for the contributions of the institutions and individuals that attended the Political Governance CG Paper consultation meeting at ZAMCOM on June 12, 2002.

These are:
  • Afronet - Willa Mutofwe, Maimbolwa Muuba, Yuyo Nachali-Kambikambi and, Womba Mayondi.
  • FODEP – Mweelwa Muleya
  • Law Association of Zambia – Michael Musonda
  • Legal Resources Foundation – Millicent Peel
  • Oasis Forum – Sikamena Siyumbwa
  • SACCORD – Theresa Chewe
  • ZIALE – Chongo Musonda
The Zambia Independent Media Association (ZIMA) for the input on human rights protection and the media.

And lastly, the contributions at the Tuesday and Wednesday Civil Society meetings at KEPA organised by the Civil Society for CG 2002 Secretariat.

June 2002

Table of Contents
1.  Executive Summary
2.  Introductory Notes – Governance and Democracy
3.  Political Governance in Zambia – The Government's Position
4.  The Consultative Group Meeting for Zambia - September 2000
5.  Political Governance in Zambia – The Realities
6.  Retrospect and Conclusion
Appendix I: Extracts from the Government of Zambia's Good Governance Policy Document
Appendix II: List of International Instruments ratified or acceded to by the Zambian Government
Appendix III: Extracts of Conclusions by Monitors and Observers of the 2001 Elections in Zambia
Appendix IV: FODEP Recommendations on the Electoral Process in Zambia
Appendix V: Recommendations of the Mwanakatwe Constitutional Review Commission by Statutory Instrument number 151 of November 22, 1993 (under the Inquiries Act cap 181).

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