Lungu ready for dialogue process but…

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By NCHIMUNYA MIYOBA in Kitwe
President Edgar Lungu says he will not take part of the dialogue process if opposition political parties put conditions to it.

President Lungu however indicated that he is ready to dialogue as long the opposition UPND leadership does not attach conditions because if they do so it will defeat the intended purpose.

President Lungu said it was unfortunate that the UPND wants to leave out the Zambia Centre for Inter party Dialogue (ZCID) in the dialogue process for it was formed for that purpose.

He said was ready for unconditional dialogue with the opposition.

The Head of State said giving conditions to the dialogue meeting means people are not ready to talk and have not willingly given themselves to resolve the pending issues.

President Lungu said it is unfair for those concerned to give conditions to a dialogue that is beneficial to both parties.

He has since called on the church to ensure that they spearhead and play a leading role in the dialogue process.

The Head of State noted that the church has always been instrumental in ensuring that peace and unity is promoted in the country, therefore they are the perfect drivers for the process.

President Lungu revealed that it will please him if the church would facilitate the whole process because of the rich Christian faith in the country.

Meanwhile President Lungu has revealed that the Zambia Centre for inter Party Dialogue (ZCID) will not be left out of the dialogue process because it was formed for that very purpose.

Present Lungu wondered why some sections of society want the participants of the dialogue to do away with the ZCID.

He said leaving the ZCID out of the programme is not the solution, but called for participants to attend the meeting with a view to getting positive results.