UPND lacks pa­tri­o­tism - ZRP

…Sur­pris­ing that party doubt­ing cred­i­bil­ity of ZCID

Daily Nation Newspaper - - HOME NEWS - By NA­TION REPORTER

THE UPND is in­sin­cere and lacks pa­tri­o­tism for in­sist­ing on for­eign led-di­a­logue when the Zam­bia Cen­tre for In­ter-Party Di­a­logue is ca­pa­ble of spear­head­ing the process, says Zam­bia Repub­li­can Party pres­i­dent Wright Mu­soma.

Mr Mu­soma said it was sur­pris­ing that the op­po­si­tion party had be­gun to doubt the cred­i­bil­ity of (ZCID) when it was recently be­ing headed by the UPND them­selves.

He said it was un­for­tu­nate that the party was look­ing down on an or­gan­i­sa­tion which they have helped to be where it was to­day.

In an in­ter­view yes­ter­day, Mr Mu­soma said there was no po­lit­i­cal cri­sis in Zam­bia and that the pur­ported cri­sis was only in the minds of the UPND.

The op­po­si­tion leader said Zam­bia was a sov­er­eign State and UPND’s in­sis­tence on a for­eign en­tity was not only ques- tion­able but also sus­pi­cious.

“It is a clear lack of pa­tri­o­tism for the UPND to look down on ZCID, an or­gan­i­sa­tion which they were recently head­ing. This is what we mean when we say the UPND is in­sin­cere and does not mean well.

“Zam­bia is a free State so why should a for­eign en­tity come and lead this process,” he won­dered.

He said Zam­bians un­der­stood their chal­lenges bet­ter, es­pe­cially those em­a­nat­ing from the UPND dis­put­ing the 2016 gen­eral elec­tions cer­ti­fied as free, fair and cred­i­ble by in­ter­na­tional and lo­cal ob­servers.

Mr Mu­soma said home-grown di­a­logue was the most practical and pro­gres­sive way to han­dle the pre­vail­ing po­lit­i­cal dif­fer­ences in the coun­try.

UPND spokesper­son, Charles Kakoma has in­sisted that the party will not par­tic­i­pate in the di­a­logue process if it was to be led by the ZCID.

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