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PF official accuses opposition of frustrating national dialogue

PATRIOTIC Front Kapiri Mposhi district vice chairman Godfrey Chanda Kangwa has accused the Opposition Alliance of frustrating the national dialogue process.

In interview, Kangwa charged that the leaders of the Opposition Alliance were not being sincere about the national dialogue.

He said Opposition Alliance leaders wanted to hijack the dialogue process by opposing the idea of Zambia Centre for Interparty Dialogue leading the national dialogue process.

“From the word go the leaders of the Opposition Alliance have failed to advance genuine and convincing reasons why they don’t want the ZCID [Zambia Centre for Interparty Dialogue] to chair or lead the national dialogue process. Opposition leaders have not been sincere about this national dialogue and just want to hijack the dialogue process by opposing the proposal to have the Zambia Centre for Interparty Dialogue lead the national dialogue process. Those that want to rule should be ready to be ruled. But what we are seeing is that leaders of the Opposition Alliance are not committed to this noble cause but are merely frustrating this important national dialogue process by engaging in partisan politics over the matter. As a result we have wasted too much time on this issue.”

Kangwa observed that the national dialogue was aimed at addressing pertinent governance issues affecting Zambians and should not be perceived to be “a one political party’s obligation.”

“If people think that there’s an impasse somewhere, it is only prudent that we go to the round table and discuss it. In life it is important to disagree in order to agree. The national dialogue is about addressing pertinent issues in our governance system and therefore should not be perceived to a one political party’s obligation,” said Kangwa. “This is for the greater good of majority Zambians and not individual political parties. The national dialogue should serve the interests of Zambians.”

Kangwa further advised the Church mother bodies and the Zambia Centre for Interparty Dialogue to reach a consensus on the matter as opposed to pulling in different directions.

Kangwa said that the national dialogue process should jointly be led by the Church mother bodies and the Zambia Centre for Interparty Dialogue.

“It is unfortunate that the Church mother bodies and the Zambia Centre for Interparty Dialogue are pulling in different directions on the national dialogue process instead of speaking with one voice. The Church mother bodies and the Zambia Centre for Interparty Dialogue should build consensus on this issue so that we can make progress. And in my view, both the Church and the Zambia Centre for Interparty Dialogue should lead the national dialogue process,” said Kangwa.

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