The Global Peace Index has ranked Zambia the 4th most peaceful nation in Africa and 44th in the World.
The Global Peace Index puts Mauritius in the first position, followed by Botswana, and Ghana in the third place.
Southern African Centre for the Constructive Resolution of Disputes (SACCORD) Executive Director Mr. Boniface Cheembe has commended the ranking, saying it shows that Zambia and its leaders in the past and present, through President Edgar Lungu, have been taking correct actions where peace is concerned.
He appealed to all Zambians not to take peace for granted.
“We therefore appeal to all citizens of Zambia to never take the peace that we have been enjoying since independence for granted. Peace does not come by accident it has to be constantly worked on and nurtured,” Mr. Cheembe said when commenting on the ranking.
The 2020 GPI found that levels of global peacefulness in the last year deteriorated, representing the fourth time in the previous five years that the world has experienced a deterioration in the levels of peacefulness, yet countries like Zambia have rated highly in terms of peacefulness.
“It is therefore paramount that Zambia is consistent in observing all the fundamentals that have contributed to the attainment and maintenance of peace. The fundamentals include the ubuntu culture and the observance of Zambia’s motto of One Zambia One Zambia which in a nutshell entails inclusivity. We must further continue to exhibit the highest levels of tolerance and coexistence to one another as a people. Lastly, we must continue to celebrate our vibrant, multi-party competitive and maturing democracy by continuing to ensure the participation of all citizens in our democratic dispensation,” Mr Tembo said.