Tay­ali slams UPND for shun­ning ZCID ind­aba

…They are be­com­ing ir­rel­e­vant, ego­cen­tric and ar­ro­gant

Daily Nation Newspaper - - FRONT PAGE - By NA­TION RE­PORTER

THE ego­cen­trism and self-im­por­tance ar­ro­gance of the UPND is ren­der­ing it ir­rel­e­vant in the po­lit­i­cal dis­pen­sa­tion of the coun­try, Eq­uity and Eco­nomic Party (EEP) leader Chilu­fya Tay­ali said in Lusaka yes­ter­day.

Speak­ing in an in­ter­view with the Daily Na­tion, Mr Tay­ali said by shun­ning the Zam­bia Cen­tre for In­ter-party Di­a­logue (ZCID) sum­mit, the UPND was not be­ing sin­cere but ren­der­ing it­self ir­rel­e­vant.

Mr Tay­ali was re­act­ing to the UPND’s boycotting of the na­tional democ­racy stake­holder’s sum­mit or­gan­ised by the ZCID, themed, ‘‘Di­a­logue and re­forms for peace, unity, tol­er­ance and de­vel­op­ment’’.

He said the UPND had dis­ad­van­taged it­self for not at­tend­ing the ‘‘ind­aba’’ be­cause the party would have voiced out its con­cerns dur­ing de­lib­er­a­tions.

“UPND are ren­der­ing them­selves ir­rel­e­vant in the po­lit­i­cal dis­per­sion. They bet­ter think twice and join this process, be­cause this train (di­a­logue process) has al­ready started and it will not wait for them.

“UPND stands to lose out if they con­tinue with their ego­cen­trism and self-im­por­tance ar­ro­gance. Com­pe­ti­tion is be­com­ing tighter with the com­ing in of new po­lit­i­cal par­ties,” Mr Tay­ali said.

And Mr Tay­ali said it was not true that the UPND was not in­vited say­ing the let­ter was sent to their sec­re­tar­iat and it was signed for as re­ceived.

“It is not true that the party was not of­fi­cially in­vited as claimed by UPND Sec­re­tary Gen­eral Stephen Katuka, what we know is that a let­ter was sent to their Sec­re­tar­iat and it was signed for,” Mr Tay­ali said.

He, how­ever, said with or with­out UPND, the di­a­logue process would con­tinue urg­ing the op­po­si­tion party to re­scind its de­ci­sion and join the di­a­logue.

Mr Tay­ali

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