PF calculated attempts at frustrating and manipulating the dialogue process and ultimately dodging the whole dialogue process with the opposition leaders is rather shameful and a serious indictment on the Presidency.
The dialogue process is rather more important than possibly going to address a horde of party cadres on the Copperbelt.
In terms of national priority, the political dialogue process is extremely important, especially that they’re a party in government who ought to demonstrate leadership.
The absence of the PF leadership at the church lead dialogue is sad and shameful.
We think the blatant disrespect and contempt displayed against the church leadership is shocking and rather striking and most unfortunate in the circumstances.
It is obvious from their unfortunate behaviour that the PF leadership has resorted to playing hide and seek on a serious national undertaking for the obvious reasons that they’re lacking the necessary political will for holding genuine and candid political dialogue with the opposition political parties.
We don’t understand that part where President Lungu asserts that dialogue is being used to undermine the rule of law? Just how does this happen? When he says that he upholds the rule of law that even raises more questions on the subject as to whether he really fully understands it in the same context as we all do.
All indications are that he is the main causer of all the known lawlessness in the country. Circumventing the constitution of the country with impunity through threats and intimidation clearly points to the extent of his willingness to undermine the rule of law.
Dialogue cannot undermine the rule of law but it is the uncouth behaviour of running away from the prospects of holding dialogue with stakeholders that leads to lawlessness and unorthodox behaviour of resolving political matters through threats, intimidation and violence.
The church made an open invitation to all political parties to attend the consultations amongst political stakeholders. It was a public invitation and not a clandestine invitation done secretly to exclude any political party. So for him, he expected that everything should come to a standstill on account that he had to go and talk to party cadres on the Copperbelt? And so for him the fact that the consultations went ahead that amounts to the lawlessness that’s according to him which we think is most unfortunate in the circumstances.