UPND President Hakainde Hichilema has advised the Zambia Centre for Interparty Dialogue (ZCID) to behave in an orderly manner, acceptable for a Christian nation like Zambia.
The UPND President says he will be attending tomorrow’s national dialogue to be launched and led by the three church mother bodies.
Speaking to the press in Lusaka this afternoon, Mr Hichilema stated that there are many issues affecting the country adding that ZCID must not keep dragging the country backwards.
He says the church has the capacity to lead the dialogue process as it did in the past including during the one party state era.
Mr Hichilema says the national dialogue will among others address issues of violence, having an independent electoral commission and vices such as unprecedented corruption in the country.
The UPND President says the contention on who should lead the dialogue is unnecessary as the country needs to make progress on several issues negatively impacting its oneness and developmental agenda.
The three church mother bodies will tomorrow launch the national dialogue at which political leaders are expected to be in attendance.
So far the UPND President has confirmed heeding to the calls for national dialogue by the Church but it remains unclear if the PF will be in attendance too
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President Lungu congrats PF for winning 10 of the 15 by-elections conducted in North Western, Western and Luapula Provinces yesterday
PRESIDENT Edgar Lungu has congratulated the ruling Patriotic Front (PF) for winning 10 of the 15 by-elections conducted in North Western, Western and Luapula Provinces yesterday.
And President Lungu has also congratulated the five candidates from the opposition political parties who won the elections.
In a statement issued by Special Assistant to the President for Press and Public Relations Isaac Chipampe, the President has also commended all parties for their peaceful conduct during
the campaigning and the voting.
“This is as it should be. At the end of the day we are one, no matter the political differences and the different political parties sponsoring us,” President Lungu said.
UPND both individually and collectively cannot unseat the ruling party, Davies Mwila says
PATRIOTIC Front (PF) Secretary General Davies Mwila says the continued winning of ward elections in the UPND perceived strongholds is a sign that the opposition, both individually and collectively cannot unseat the ruling party.
In a statement, Mwila said in the recent local government by-elections, PF has won ten (10) Wards and that eight (8) of these were in the heart of the opposition UPND.
These recent victories by the PF including those ones in UPND strongholds include some of the following: Nakanya Ward of Nalikwanda, Western Province; Chabale Ward in Serenje, Central Province; Lobufu Ward in North Western Province; Nyoka Ward in North Western Province; Silumbu Ward in Sesheke, Western Province; Imusho Ward in Sioma, Western Province; and Nangweshi Ward in Sioma, Western Province among others,” Mwila said.
He urged the party structures to cement the aforementioned gains in the UPND strongholds, while continuing their efforts to replicate similar results elsewhere.
And Mwila said the continued winning of ward elections in the UPND strongholds is not a fluke but it has become a pattern.