‘For­get UPND in na­tional di­a­logue’

Daily Nation Newspaper - - FRONT PAGE - By NA­TION RE­PORTER

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.

Mr Chanda

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