The United Party for National development (UPND) says it is committed to genuine dialogue that is being facilitated by the three Church Mother Bodies.
‘We also wish to state that we have nothing to do with the national dialogue being
spearheaded by the Zambia Centre for Inter-party dialogue(ZCID), says party Secretary General Steven Katuka.
We wish to state that ZCID is not UPND spokesperson for them to malicious continue to mislead the nation that we agreed to participate and nominate eminent persons to chair the national dialogue.
We have been very clear with our position that the ZCID has a conflict of interest and has no capacity to lead the process as they are assuming the role of a player and a referee at the same time. In addition to that it is sponsored by the PF Government and UPND being a member of the ZCID, cannot allow the continued peddling of clear and calculated clandestine positions to sway members of the UPND on national dialogue.
As the nation may recall, it was Edgar Lungu who organized the Commonwealth Secretary General Mrs. Patricia Scotland to visit our dear President Hakainde Hichilema during his incarceration at Mukobeko Maximum prison in Kabwe.Later the same Lungu turned round and said the Commonwealth was a foreign entity which cannot lead the national dialogue. It is shameful how Lungu can be using the ZCID to push for their agenda. We all know that ZCID are being manipulated by the Patriotic Front (PF).
Stakeholders agreed in Siavonga recently that the church should facilitate the dialogue. Why has the PF objected to the Three Church Mother Bodies to lead the dialogue? We must reiterate that the UPND shall never be available for the national dialogue without the three Church Mother Bodies.Zambians should now see the PF hypocrisy with their so-called National Day of Prayer, which they have continued to advance after rejecting the church. Let Lungu and his PF have respect for the church.
*UPND SECRETARY GENERAL*