‘Forget UPND in national dialogue’
LEAVE the UPND out of the anticipated national dialogue for the sake of Zambia, New Congress Party leader Peter Chanda has said. Mr Chanda said that the opposition UPND was currently driving its own agenda to serve its interests. He said in an interview that the opposition party had forgotten that it still needed the same Zambian people to vote them into power. He said should the process fail, it would be correct to suspend the dialogue and replace it with a national indaba so that pertinent issues could be discussed for development purposes. Mr Chanda said the state of affairs was only worsened by some few individuals with selfish motives to dent the image of the country, when Zambia was actually peaceful and stable. Mr Chanda cautioned Zambians on the type of leadership the UPND was exhibiting, saying the party had never been ready for dialogue on account that it had its own agenda. “With this attitude, this is actually giving more chances to PF and whether they like it or not the ruling PF will still win the next elections because the more they are being criticized, the more they work and they are able to convince the people of Zambia,” he said. Mr Chanda charged that it took a humble and respective person to deliver to the expectation of the citizenry, adding it was sad that selfishness and ignorance had taken a centre stage among of promoting peace. “How can we build a reconciled nation with politics of greediness being exhibited by some leaders yearning for higher positions,” he said. Mr Chanda said the national dialogue would call for an end to the type of politics that was exhibited by some politicians, adding genuine dialogue was ideal to peace and unity of Zambia. He said it was unfortunate that some politicians had only the desire to get power for their greediness as opposed to providing leadership. “If the UPND is not ready for dialogue, it is better the country moves on because they got reasons best known to them, and the nation should not fall prey to their tricks,” he said And Mr Chanda said the Zambians should not be taken for a ride by a party that was bent to do things in the ways that only fitted them without caring about the majority population.