Yes, we will consider petition to suspend Zambia, another Commonwealth official tells VoA

An official of the Secretariat of the Commonwealth of Nations says the organization has received a petition from a Zambia group calling for the temporary suspension of the southern African country.

Victory Holdsworth says the secretariat has put together a team to review the petition.”We are in the process of examining the submission and we will be able to respond once we’ve done so,” said Holdsworth.Holdsworth says the Commonwealth Secretariat’s team will consider the suspension request and then advise the secretary general of the Commonwealth.

The Commonwealth Ministerial Action Group (CMAG), Holdsworth says, determines how any member state found to have committed rights abuses will be punished.

“The first step is the suspension from the Councils of the Commonwealth, which will mean that that particular country no longer receives direct assistance from the Commonwealth,” said Holdsworth.