The Southern African Centre for the Constructive Resolution of Disputes (SACCORD) and civil society will today join the family of the late Anti-Voter Apathy Project (AVAP) Executive Director Mr Bonnie Tembo in putting him to rest. Our heartfelt condolences to the family of Mr Tembo and indeed to the whole civil society fraternity at the loss of one of the pioneers of governance civil society in the Republic of Zambia. Mr Bonnie Tembo will leave behind a legacy of having contributed to the strengthening of Zambia’s democracy by promoting voter education and election monitoring. He will be fondly remembered as someone who cared for the grassroots who were in need of information in order for them to participate effectively in Zambia’s democratic dispensation.
As Zambia today begins the process of preparing for the presidential by-election, it is important that civil society honors Mr Tembo’s contribution by participating effectively in providing civic and voter education. Furthermore, by ensuring that preparations for the monitoring of the by-election are put in place so that we encourage people to vote “en masse” as Mr Bonnie Tembo would have always advocated. It will also be incumbent upon civil society to encourage a politics of ideas that will move away from that of character assassination and violence which contribute to voter apathy as voters feel intimidated and threatened.
May Mr Bonnie Tembo’s Soul Rest in Eternal Peace.