DPP ATTENDS COUNCIL FOR AFRICAN POLITICAL PARTIES CONFERENCE

Democratic Progressive Party(DPP) has described the Council for African Political Parties Conference which is taking place in Lusaka, Zambia as crucial in building Pan African mentality in the continent.
DPP delegates at the meeting were Ben Phiri, who is Personal Assistant to party president Professor Arthur Peter Mutharika, former Organizing Secretary Francis Mphepo and the current Organizing Secretary Dr Chimwemwe Chipungu.
During the conference, DPP raised three major issues on the Egyptian situation and the need to address it immediately, the Lake Malawi dispute between Malawi and Tanzania and the importance of African countries to obey Peace Treaties and the
Madagascar situation where the country is going to a 4th Chairperson for SADC before its issues have been resolved.
DPP called for Malawi as head of SADC to help end the oppression f the people of Madagascar because as it stands, 92% of the people are living under a $1 a day.
The Conference of the Council of African Political Parties and the Executive Committee currently convening in the Zambian capital, Lusaka, discussed in its second sitting Monday a proposal submitted by Liberia delegation which condemned the International Criminal Court ICC for its targeting of the African leaders.
The conference has appreciated the proposal and formed a committee from four African political parties to submit a draft resolution to be approved by the conclusion sitting of the conference this evening.
During the conference former Zambia President Kenneth Kaunda urged political parties across Africa to foster inter-party dialogue as a means to deal with governance and national concerns.
Dr Kaunda hailed the establishment of the Council of African Political Parties (CAPP), which is holding its inaugural executive meeting in Lusaka.
Dr Kaunda said this during the CAPP’s official executive meeting held at the Government Complex.
“As we start the 21st century, it is important that political parties in Zambia and other parts of Africa have efficient inter-party dialogue to deal with governance and other national issues,” Dr Kaunda said.
“At continental level, we will be helped by close dialogue by political parties from various parts of the continent, thus the creation of CAPP has the potential to greatly help Africa and humanity.”
Dr Kaunda said although CAPP was in its infancy, its establishment would go a long way in improving the continent and called for unity of purpose to claim Africa’s position and potential in the globe.
He said the responsibility to build and maintain peace, as well as progress required tireless action from everyone in Africa despite the amount of challenges the continent was facing.
Dr Kaunda said unrests in countries such as Egypt, Mali and the Democratic Republic of Congo should be of great concern to the CAPP.
“With your renewed commitment to foster unity, social and economic justice and general development for all our people, we should be able to redress injustice suffered by Africa’s people as a result of local and external factors, but this requires that you contribute to debate and fine-tune strategies,” he said.
As a Pan-African, Dr Kaunda pledged to continue to support noble efforts being undertaken to address Africa’s challenges.
CAPP president Wynter Kabimba called on Africans to embrace a spirit of brotherliness regardless of nationality.
Mr Kabimba, who is Justice minister, said Africa’s challenges should be a platform to foster unity and the spirit of togetherness.
“We should continue to regard each other as one because our difficulties are one and our dream is that we develop and forge ahead as one,” he said.
Mr Kabimba commended the Sudan government for taking the initiative of those who believed that the African continent could unite through the formation of CAPP.
He said the meeting was privileged to have Dr Kaunda in their midst, as he contributed largely to helping liberate Zambia’s neighbours and others across the continent.
“This experience goes back to the days of Kenneth Kaunda, Julius Nyerere and other freedom fighters who played a big role,” Mr Kabimba said. “They now equate it to us to forge ahead where they ended.”
CAPP secretary general Nafie Nafie said at the same event that the Zambian Government was setting an example to other countries to work together.
Dr Nafie said that other countries would come forth and wish to host such meetings in future.
He thanked Mr Kabimba and the Zambian Government for hosting the meeting in a hospitable environment.
“I would like to thank Wynter and the Zambian Government for allowing the hosting of the meeting,” Dr Nafie said.
“I want to thank them for this briefing and hope that this will inspire us.”

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