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ZCID members being mischievous over dialogue, charges Kabesha

KABWE based lawyer Mulilo Kabesha has charged that members of the Zambia Centre for Interparty Dialogue are being mischievous in the manner they want to handle the national dialogue process.

Speaking when he featured on Kabwe’s KNC Television Rise and Shine programme on Thursday, Kabesha observed that board members of the Zambia Centre for Interparty Dialogue were not being sincere about issues they were raising before holding the national dialogue that would culminate in reconciliation, peace and unity among Zambians.

“All the issues that the members of the ZCID are raising are petty to this important national dialogue. You must know that members of the Zambia Centre for Interparty Dialogue are drawn from political parties, and as such have political inclination and interests to protect,” explained Kabesha. “In my view the board members of the Zambia Centre for Interparty Dialogue are not being sincere enough about issues they are raising before holding the national dialogue, which we believe would lead to the attainment of reconciliation, peace and unity among Zambians. The board members of the Zambia Centre for Interparty Dialogue are just being mischievous over this matter. They have gone as far as misleading the leadership of the ruling Patriotic Front.”

And Kabesha advised the Patriotic Front leadership not to shun the Church-led national dialogue.

H observed that being a ruling party, the PF was a key stakeholder to the national dialogue process.

Kabesha explained that the decision by the PF to shun the launch of the Church-led national dialogue was defeating the purpose of attaining a fruitful national dialogue.

“I have personally liked the approach the Church has taken on this issue where they are welcoming every stakeholder. And those that want to stay away from this important process are just missing an opportunity to iron out issues affecting our governance system. It is like in Parliament; when a Bill is tabled and opposition members of parliament decide to walk out, the Bill will be passed. And those that had decided to walk out would lose out,” he explained. “The decision by the PF to shun the launch of the national dialogue is just defeating the purpose of holding a successful national dialogue. Dialogue is about coming to a round table, engage in some discussion, agree and disagree on certain contentious issues,” he said.

Meanwhile, Kabesha has advised political leaders to “stop importing party cadres in areas where there are by-elections.

He noted that the tendency by political leaders to ferry party cadres to areas where by-elections were taking place was a recipe for political violence.

“If you have observed, general elections are not usually characterised with political violence. It is during by-elections that we witness political violence. And one of the major causes of political violence is this tendency by political leaders to ferry party cadres from one district to an area where by-elections are taking place. And this is a recipe for political violence. Therefore, political leaders should refrain from the tendency of importing party cadres in areas where there are by-elections,” said Kabesha.

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