‘Exclusion of women on dialogue committee unfair’
THE exclusion of women and youths on a committee for local eminent persons to chair the dialogue process is unfortunate, Chiengi Forum for Democracy and Development (FDD) Member of Parliament Given Katuta has said. Last week Zambia centre for interparty dialogue (ZCID) constituted a committee that included Chief Ngabwe, Chifumu Banda, Senior Chief Madzimawe and Akashambatwa Mbikusita Lewanika to chair the national dialogue. But Ms Katuta said it was unfair for ZCID to leave out women in such a serious matter as they were mothers and who always unify people. She also observed that there were a number of youths who were levelheaded that would not side with any political parties but articulate issues with national interest at heart. Ms Katuta said there was need to ensure that the chairmanship of the dialogue process was balance to avoid speculations. Meanwhile Voter Education Zambia campaign executive director Mulenga Kaengele says there was nothing wrong with the exclusion but that people must focus on the outcome of the meeting. Mr Kaengele said national dialogue needed people who were experienced and sobber minded because it had a direct connection to national peace and unity.