Lungu appoints Prof. Mwanalushi as National Dialogue Forum Chairman

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President Edgar Lungu has appointed Professor Muyunda Mwanalushi an academic at the Copperbelt University as chairperson of the National Dialogue Forum subject to ratification by delegates who will attend the forum .

And the Head of State will launch the National Dialogue Forum on April 25 2019.

Justice Minister Given Lubinda told journalists in Lusaka that the Secretary to the Cabinet has also appointed Patrick Chisanga, who has vast experience in leadership and governance issues, as secretary to the forum.

He says Chisanga will also be subject to ratification by the delegates .

Lubinda has further announced that accreditation of those who have been nominated by their respective institutions will be conducted on Tuesday at Mulungushi International Conference Center.

He explained that the process shall be transparent and participatory, but was quick to mention that detractors of the process will not be condoned.

“Those who will stay away should restrain themselves from casting aspersions against those who will participate,” he said.

The minister has indicated that the forum will conclude 10 days after the commencement of the seatings.

And Minister of Home Affairs Stephen Kampyongo has thanked stakeholders who participated in the debate on the Public Order Act.

“This is the very first time that government willingly has opened doors and through the Ministry of Justice requested people to make submissions and that includes the law enforcers themselves, the Zambia Police,” he said.

Major stakeholders such as the country’s largest opposition party the UPND and it’s alliance partners, the three church mother bodies and several civil society organizations have indicated that the will shun the NDF.

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