JIMMY CHIBUYE, Lusaka
PRESIDENT Lungu says Zambia is a nation that has never known war for 50 years because Zambians treasure dialogue.
The President said Zambia is still celebrating 50 years of independence and peace because citizens love peace and dialogue.
The head of State said this in a speech read on his behalf by Minister of Justice Ngosa Simbyakula at the opening of the 24th African Human Rights Moot Competition last night.
This moot competition for law students is being hosted by the University of Zambia (UNZA) in conjunction with the Centre for Human Rights of University of Pretoria.
The competition has attracted 64 universities from 21 African countries.
â€œIn 2015, you could not have chosen a better place to congregate than Zambia. Zambia is still celebrating 50 years of independence and 50 years of peace. Zambia is a nation that has never experienced war because Zambians are a people who treasure dialogue, a people who love to receive guests and share experiences,â€ President Lungu said.
He urged the participating students to share ideas and network in issues of Africaâ€™s diversity on ethnicity, culture and language.
â€œPlease remember that the moot competition is not just about arguing about those serious and important matters such as academic freedom, business and human rights but is also about mingling, networking and enjoying Africaâ€™s diversity on ethnicity, culture and language,â€ he said.
â€œSo ensure that you make as many friends as possible, people you will contact and visit beyond the moot. I therefore urge you to take off the moot suits and visit and enjoy Zambiaâ€™s hospitality,â€ President Lungu said.
He said the African Human Rights Moot Court competition is a highly renowned gathering of law students, academics and judges.
President Lungu said it is the only competition that brings together the bright young minds in the legal profession in Africa to argue real and challenging issues that trouble the African continent.
â€œIndeed this competition has contributed greatly even to the development in refinement of the African human rights system and more so the African court on human and peopleâ€™s rights,â€ he said.
UNZA acting vice-chancellor Enala Mwase said the competition is being held because there is need to prepare a new generation of lawyers who can fully argue new cases of human rights.
University of Pretoria Centre for Human Rights assistant director Norman Taku said students should use their acquired knowledge and become agents of change.
JIMMY CHIBUYE, Lusaka