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HH holds talks with Commonwealth, says ready to dialogue with Lungu

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HH with his GBM meeting with Commonwealth Envoy

The Commonwealth Envoy has held talks with Zambia’s leading opposition leader Hakainde Hichilema and his team.

And Hichilema who was thrown into prison for tramped up charges on treason for three months and only released after an intervention by Commonwealth now says he is ready to sit down on the same table with President Edgar Lungu whom he has refused to recognise as President.

The meeting was held today, Thursday, 8th March 2018 in the Zambian capital, Lusaka.

Hichilema who was accompanied by his vice president Geoffrey Bwalya Mwamba, Legal Chairperson Jack Mwiimbu and Spokesperson Charles Kakoma met held talks with the Commonwealth envoy, Professor Ibrahim Gambari who was tasked the Secretary General of Commonwealth to spearhead the talks.

During the meeting, Hichilema reaffirmed that his party, UPND is commited to the dialogue process. He however stressed that the process was taking long thereby creating anxiety among Zambians.

Professor Ibrahim Gambari acknowledged that there has been enough talking and no corresponding action and promised to move the process fast. He said now is the time for action.

“We look forward to sitting at the dialogue table and are hopeful that this process will help ease the unnecessary and unproductive political tension in the country. A new dawn is on the horizon,” Hichilema said.

The UPND wants the talks held on time ahead of the next general elections to look at the electoral process and governance issues saying the rule of law has broken down.

The Commonwealth Envoy is expected to meet President Lungu and his ruling Patriotic Front party team before a date is set for the talks. The Patriotic Front and President Lungu have however been putting a condition that before any talks can be held Hichilema should recognise Lungu as Head of State.

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