‘Ex­clu­sion of women on di­a­logue com­mit­tee un­fair’

Daily Nation Newspaper - - HOME NEWS - By FLAVIOR KA­NUNGO

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.

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