The opposition in the country says the quick response by the Commonwealth to their petition shows how much regard the international community has for Zambia.
A team of officials from the Commonwealth Secretariat in London is in the country to investigate claims by the opposition of abuse of human rights by the Patriotic Front government.
This follows a petition by the Coalition for the Defence of Democratic Rights (CDDR), which comprises opposition political parties and some civil society groups, which called for the country’s suspension from the Commonwealth.
MMD president Nevers Mumba says the quick response by the Commonwealth is also an indication of their willingness to respond to early warnings.
Dr. Mumba tells QFM that it is very clear that no one wants to see Zambia get destabilized as the country has always been a centre of peace.
He says he only hopes that the Patriotic Front government will respond appropriately to any queries.
And UPND president Hakainde Hichilema says he is optimistic that the delegation will carry out its work professionally.
Mr. Hichilema adds that it is clear that the international community wants human rights to be upheld in the country.