NATIONAL Democratic Party president Tentani Mwanzah says the absence of key opposition political parties and the three church mother bodies will render the National Dialogue Forum illegitimate.
Commenting on the National Dialogue Forum (NDF), that is spearheaded by the government through the Ministry of Justice, Mwanzah explained that his party believed that the church mother bodies were supposed to lead the dialogue and that the Zambia Centre for Interparty Dialogue (ZCID) “should be part of it.”
The NDF is underway at Mulungushi International Conference Centre in Lusaka.
“We did not wish that there could be any further confusion,” Mwanzah told The Mast in an interview on Monday.
He, however, indicated that he was going to participate in the NDF but specifically to counter its establishment.
“You know, we belong to the left wing of the political spectrum and one of our philosophers, one of those who gave us the classics, left-wing communism: an infantile disorder, Lenin told us that you must participate even in the most reactionary of Parliaments,” explained Mwanzah.
“So, it’s under that basis that we are going there. But our message is very simple; to say that the NDF will be illegitimate without all the players, especially key players like other opposition parties who have pronounced that they are not going to be there and the Church in the name of the three church mother bodies. So, we are going there to make those pronouncements in front of whoever will be there.”
On January 18 this year, Mwanzah was among notable personalities who attended the launch of the national dialogue and reconciliation process convened by the three church mother bodies i.e. the Evangelical Fellowship of Zambia (EFZ), the Zambia Conference of Catholic Bishops (ZCCB) and the Council of Churches in Zambia (CCZ) at the Anglican Cathedral of the Holy Cross in Lusaka.