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Commonwealth envoy proposes road map for dialogue between Lungu and HH

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The Commonwealth special envoy Ibrahim Gambari has proposed a road map for dialogue in a bid to maintain peace and unity in the country.

Professor Gambari proposes a number of mechanisms that include dialogue between the PF and the UPND Presidents, another layer that should include all stakeholders and some capacity building workshops for key members of the defence and security services.

Professor Gambari further suggested that a steering committee of eminent persons be constituted to help watch developing issues that might threaten peace and stability be put in place.

He said the proposed strategy should result into the establishment of a long-term high-level conflict prevention national peace architecture in the country.

Professor Gambari proposed a time frame and milestones that include an agreement that structures be set up in December 2017 and that dialogue commences in January 2018.

He since encouraged political parties and other stakeholders to remain focused, committed and support a conducive environment for a result-driven dialogue process.

Professor Gambari also called on Zambians to own the process saying “I would like to emphasise that this process is a Zambian process and its success would be defined by Zambians.”

He was representing the Commonwealth Secretary General, Patricia Scotland QC, and has been in the country since Wednesday. He held several consultative meetings with political parties, the Judiciary, the Church and CSOs before having a press briefing on Sunday to propose the road map.

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