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Zambian Minister Says Africa’s Instability Caused by External Forces


Zambia’s Minister of Justice Wynter Kabimba has observed that it is becoming increasingly credible that various forms of instability in Africa are being caused by forces outside the continent.

Kabimba noted that the school of thought that holds that the causes of constitutional instability, for instance, were located outside Africa and driven by forces whose interests were not Africa’s interests, was firmly gaining ground today. He hoped the continent could acknowledge the importance of African unity and solidarity in addressing the problem.

Kabimba was speaking in his capacity as president of the Council of African Political Parties (CAPP) at the opening of a two-day experts’ workshop on constitutionalism and the rule of law in Pretoria, South Africa, on Monday.

CAPP is a forum of political parties on the African continent that have come together in unity to pursue the objectives of achieving the goals of a prosperous and peaceful continent.

The workshop, which has drawn participants from over 20 African countries, is meant to brainstorm around expanding the African Union doctrine on unconstitutional changes of government and to engage stakeholders in promoting and implementing the African Charter on democracy, elections and governance.

Kabimba said the workshop represented one of the many platforms for actualizing some of the essential aspects of mutual aspirations and the basis of the cooperation, which is constitutionalism and the rule of law, following the signing of a memorandum of understanding with the AU in 2013.

The MOU aims to strengthen institutional ties and cooperation in delivering programs and activities aimed at promoting democracy, good governance, human and people’s rights, constitutionalism, the rule of law, and free and fair elections in Africa.


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