No dialogue if Commonwealth leads the process – Lungu

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President Edgar Lungu has insisted the Patriotic Front (PF) will only dialogue with the opposition UPND and other stakeholder on condition that the process is led by the Zambia Centre for Interparty Dialogue (ZCID) instead of the Commonwealth.

According to a statement issued by State House Chief Analyst for Press and Public Relations Cecilia Mulenga, President Lungu said it is wrong for external forces to lead the process with set conditions in a sovereign state like Zambia.

He however noted that there is nothing wrong with outside players participating but only as observes and not adjudicators because Zambia was capable of addressing its own issues as a sovereign state.

President Lungu said this when United Nations Resident Coordinator in Zambia Janet Rogan paid a courtesy call on him at State House today.

“We are ready to talk and anyone is free to participate in the dialogue process but not to take centre stage because we are a sovereign nation. Anyone can be part of the process but only as observers and the Zambia Centre for Interparty Dialogue as the umpire. We Zambians have to own the process,” President Lungu said.

“This dialogue is meant to achieve a predictable system which will enable us choose leaders without interference. There is need to have an arrangement which us clearly understood and with minor conflicts.”

The President’s remarks signify a standoff with the county’s main opposition party, the UPND, who insist that the Commonwealth must lead the process because they are the initiators.

The UPND also questions the impartiality of ZCID and doubts the capacity of the local organization to handle a process of such magnitude, pointing to its failure to resolve both intra and inter-party disputes in the past.

The opposition party further contends that ZCID has so far failed to take a stand against the state’s harassment and imprisonment of opposition figures including its leader Hakainde Hichilema.

In the video in March 2018, Commonwealth Special Envoy, Prof. Ibrahim Gambari addresses the media after meeting all stakeholders.

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6 Responses to No dialogue if Commonwealth leads the process – Lungu

  1. This hypocrite is wasting our time. ZCID Are not capable of handling the dialogue.

    Lungu has to go
    April 4, 2018 at 9:01 pm
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    • But foreigners will come to solve your problems because you are too dull to do it yourselves?

      abilima
      April 4, 2018 at 10:06 pm
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      • No, because his mind is colonized. He or she has no identity of his or her own. Poor soul. Please imancipate yourself from mental slavery.

        HH azinama!
        April 5, 2018 at 1:04 am
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    • We are almost back to square one. For me, the best umpire (referee) is the Commonwealth. The ZCID had folded their arms when HH was arrested. If anything, let’s persuade His Holiness (Retired) Archbishop Mpundu to take charge because him and his team started this DIALOGUE even before the Commonwealth came in!

      Mumbeti
      April 5, 2018 at 3:57 pm
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  2. From past experience, ZCID has been shown to lack capacity and leadership to hold such an important meeting. It will be a waste of time to entrust them with the dialogue process as things stand. In the past PF attended such meetings and behaved contrary to resolutions. It looks like PF are only interested in playing games / Ukubuta

    Belinda
    April 4, 2018 at 11:22 pm
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  3. Why are you scared of commonwealth to settle problems in Zambia?why do you want zcid to come in when hh was arrested those surrogates never issued any single word.nevers mumba is jailed but update no word from surrogates.

    boko haramu
    April 6, 2018 at 2:38 pm
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