Ours is not an interparty dialogue but a national dialogue – Church

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The three church mother bodies have maintained their resolve to lead their own dialogue and reconciliation process, stating, “this is not an INTERPARTY dialogue, it is a NATIONAL and an all-inclusive dialogue seeking national transformation of hearts, governance systems and procedures in order to promote unity, respect for human rights and piece for all.”

This comes in the wake of the decision by the PF-backed Zambia Centre for Interparty Dialogue (ZCID) to go ahead with the proposed national dialogue without the involvement of the three church mother bodies.

The latest developments are likely to see two different dialogue processes running at the same time but with different participants, seeing as the ruling PF are backing a ZCID process while the main opposition party the UPND are favouring a church-led process.

“We the three Church Mother Bodies are resolved to continue the work we have already started, finalising the framework for a genuine National Dialogue and Reconciliation and a clear roadmap in readiness for its launch and implementation,” reads the latest Pastoral Letter issued Sunday by the Zambia Council for Catholic Bishops (ZCCB), Evangelical Fellowship of Zambia (EFZ) and the Council of Churches in Zambia (CCZ).

“As indicated in our joint statement of 8th January, 2018, ” true dialogue means a conversion of heart, attitude and behaviour. It is a project, an ongoing process and effort. It is the way of life for us Christians.” As we commit ourselves to preaching messages of love and reconciliation across the political divide, we expect the faithful to support all our efforts.”

The Pastoral Letter was signed by ZCCB President Bishop George Lungu, CCZ President Bishop Alfred Kalembo and EFZ Board Chairperson Bishop Paul Mususu.

The much talked about National Dialogue and Reconciliation process has failed to take off more than a year after it was initiated by the Catholic Church and the Commonwealth due to failure by the main players to agree on who should lead the process.

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One Response to Ours is not an interparty dialogue but a national dialogue – Church

  1. Zambia was declared a ‘CHRISTIAN COUNTRY’ wasn’t it? Why then does the PF not accepting the three Church Mother Bodies’ decision to lead the DIALOGUE? Why did President Lungu even appoint Hon Sumaili as Minister of Religious and National Guidance? Isn’t this hypocritical?

    Mumbeti
    August 27, 2018 at 11:49 am
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