Pay salaries instead of spending on National Dialogue Forum – SP

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Socialist Party leaders

The opposition Socialist Party (SP) has distanced itself from the PF-led National Dialogue Forum.

In a statement issued by SP leader Dr. Cosmas Musumali, the party has refused to be part of the process, saying it is just a waste of taxpayers’ money meant for paying salaries and pensions to civil servants.

“The Socialist Party will not participate in such a shameful platform. Let the millions of tax-payers money to be spent go towards meeting salary and pensions of our people. Those thousands not paid are a priority, not the pretentious Forum,” Dr. Musumali said.

He said the Socialist Party will not participate in the process because it’s wasteful, corrupt, manipulative scheme of the ruling Patriotic Front to hold on to power.

Meanwhile, Dr. Musumali revealed that the party prepared to participate in the church serving as a neutral arbitrator dialogue process.

Dr. Musumali said it’s because the church mother bodies offer some light in this dark and uncaring world. He said the initiative to have the church on the center was however not given any chance.

“The Patriotic Front ignored and disregarded that initiative with impunity. The Patriotic Front apparently wanted a process it could conceptualise, execute and oversee itself,” Dr. Musumali explained.

And Dr. Musumali has called the whole National Dialogue Forum, a shameful and manipulative costly exercise.

“Today, we are being called upon to participate in such a shameful, manipulative and costly exercise! Just like with the debacle of the constitutional making process, this new attempt is an insult on the collective intelligence and wisdom of the Zambian people,” Dr. Musumali explained.

“The Patriotic Front is not interested in constitutional changes, electoral reforms, the repeal of the Public Order Act or any changes that would enhance liberties for all – other than itself. It is therefore naive and wishful thinking to put people’s hopes for equity, justice and peace in this National Dialogue Forum”.

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