CHIEF Chitambo of the Lala speaking people in Central Province has accused the two major political parties in the country of delaying the national dialogue. Chitambo said the opposition UPND and PF had been delaying the much talked about national dialogue due to their failure to agree on who should spearhead the process. In an interview, the traditional leader noted that the objective of national dialogue was to attain reconciliation, peace and unity in the country.
He said it was prudent for political leaders to put their political and personal interests aside to ensure national dialogue yielded the desired results.
“The UPND and PF are to blame for delay in kick-starting the national dialogue process. We all know that the leaders of these two major political parties have for a long time been disagreeing on who should lead the dialogue process,” Chitambo said. “But this national dialogue is not just for UPND and PF members. It is for all of us Zambians. This national dialogue is about attaining reconciliation, peace and unity in the country. Therefore, it is prudent for political leaders to put their political and personal interests aside in order to ensure that the national dialogue yields the desired results.”
However, the traditional leader expressed optimism that there would be no further delays on the national dialogue process. Chitambo also advised opposition political parties to give effective checks and balances to the ruling party by offering constructive criticism.
“As a traditional leader, I have noted with concern that currently there’s no strong opposition political party in the country. And that is why they keep on losing parliamentary seats to the ruling party during by-elections,” Chitambo said. “To change the status quo, there’s need for opposition political parties in the country to offer constructive criticism to the ruling party . . . they need to give effective checks and balances to the ruling party if they are to prove their relevance to the country’s democratic dispensation.”
The traditional leader noted that most political parties had become one-man entities without any following thereby failing to add any value to the political dispensation of the country.