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Lungu, PF no show at dialogue launch

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The national dialogue process was lunched today at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross in Lusaka without the attendance of President Edgar Lungu and the ruling Patriotic Front (PF).

This is despite the President making assurances on several occasions that he would attend the meeting. President Lungu’s absence and that of his party has gone some way towards confirming the notion that he has been against dialogue all along.

Yesterday, the Zambia Center for Interparty Dialogue (ZCID) announced that it had opted out of the launch after allegedly failing to agree on the agenda of the meeting with the three church mother bodies. ZCID’s announcement was followed by a statement by Chief Government Spokesperson Dora Siliya, claiming that President Lungu had not been invited to today’s event.

Speaking at the launch today, Evangelical Fellowship of Zambia (EFZ) Board Chairperson said the absence of some key political players at the launch of the national dialogue underscores the urgent need for dialogue.

Bishop Paul Mususu, said the three church mother bodies have vowed to see to it that the National Dialogue process is concluded in the soonest possible time even when other concerned parties shun away from the process.

Bishop Mususu said that dialogue remains the civilised way of dealing with challenges affecting any given nation in this modern society.

He said the national dialogue process provides a platform where citizens can hold their national leaders accountable in national affairs.

Bishop Mususu stated that staying away from the process is running away from addressing challenges affecting the people of Zambia.

The Law Association of Zambia led by its president Eddie Mwitwa, and Transparency International Zambia Chapter Executive Director Wesley Chibamba were also present.

The PF leadership and other opposition Party parties aligned to the ruling party were all missing from the official launch of the national Dialogue process.

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