By Paul Shalala

The United Nations says Zambiaโ€™s democratic credentials are very impressive at the time when democracy is declining on the continent.

UN Resident Representative JAMES WAKIAGA says Zambia has demonstrated good Democratic ideals.

Speaking during the official opening of the 2023 East and Southern Africa Regional Forum on Governance and Democracy in Lusaka, Mr. WAKIAGA said unconstitutional changes of government have the potential to erode the progress the continent has made.

And International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance Regional Director for Africa and West Asia ROBA SHARAMO said Zambia is moving in the right trajectory with an impressive democratic environment.

Dr. SHARAMO said Zambia needs to continue maintaining its democratic credentials because it is a shining example in the region.

Meanwhile, Justice Minister MULAMBO HAIMBE said the government has made a lot of progress in strengthening democracy in the two years it has been in power.

Mr. HAIMBE said among the successes are media reforms, review of the Public Order Act, the independence of the Electoral Commission of Zambia and the promotion of human rights.

The three day forum has attracted hundreds of delegates from several African countries.

Vice President MUTALE NALUMANGO and former Sierra Leonean President ERNEST BAI KOROMA are on Friday expected to be on a high-level panel at the forum to discuss democratic transitions on the continent.

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