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HAKAINDE Hichilema is a venge­ful man who does not be­lieve in rec­on­cil­i­a­tion be­cause af­ter a cos­metic with­drawal of some cases, he is now spon­sor­ing prox­ies to drag me to court, Eco­nomic and Eq­uity Party leader Chilu­fya Tayali has al­leged.

In an in­ter­view with the Daily Na­tion yes­ter­day, Mr Tayali ac­cused the UPND pres­i­dent of spon­sor­ing peo­ple to fight him in and out­side court de­spite hav­ing apol­o­gised to him.

Mr Tayali said since Mr Hichilema seemed not to be in­ter­ested in rec­on­cil­i­a­tion, he has chal­lenged him to take the stand on all the cases he has taken to court and face him squarely.

“I think there is no rec­on­cil­i­a­tion here. I mean what rec­on­cil­i­a­tion is he talk­ing about when he with­draws his cases and on the other hand pushes a proxy against me in court?

“He (Mr Hichilema) is spon­sor­ing Ed­ward Sichali to drag me to court with 7 crim­i­nal charges.

He is wast­ing my time. “He is play­ing pol­i­tics and if HH wants us to con­tinue on the same tra­jec­tory let him keep all the cases in court, I am ready to run all the course be­cause I know, I never de­famed any­one,” Mr Tayali said.

He how­ever re­it­er­ated that his apology was not an ad­mis­sion of guilt but rather an ef­fort to rec­on­cile with Mr Hichilema.

Asked how sure he was that Mr Hichilema was the one spon­sor­ing Ed­ward Sichali to drag him to court, Mr Tayali re­sponded, “I was talk­ing to him (Ed­ward) and the poor guy told me that he was em­ployed by the UPND.”

“He (Ed­ward) came to me apol­o­gis­ing that Tayali, there is noth­ing I can do to with­draw the cases be­cause I have no pow­ers.

It is not me be­hind these cases,” Mr Tayali claimed.

Mean­while, Mr Tayali has ex­pressed con­cern that there seemed to be a de­par­ture from some of the com­mu­ni­cated po­si­tions and de­liv­er­ables of the na­tional di­a­logue and rec­on­cil­i­a­tion process.

He dis­closed that his party would seek for a meet­ing with the Church mother bod­ies (CMBs) to get clar­i­fi­ca­tion on a num­ber of is­sues, es­pe­cially re­lat­ing to the im­passe that had be­set the CBMs and Zam­bia Cen­tre for In­ter-Party Di­a­logue (ZCID).

“While we ap­pre­ci­ate the last con­sul­ta­tive meet­ing of po­lit­i­cal party lead­ers that took place on 28th De­cem­ber, 2018, we noted some un­set­tle­ments in the way in­vi­ta­tions were done, the time for the meet­ing, who was to at­tend, the agenda, among other is­sues, which came out dur­ing the de­lib­er­a­tions.

As part of ZCID, we find it dif­fi­cult to be part of na­tional rec­on­cil­i­a­tion launch slated for 18th Jan­uary 2019, if the CMBs in­sists that ZCID is not part of the process.

As far as we are con­cerned, there is no di­a­logue ini­ti­ated by the Church, but one started by Com­mon­wealth and later taken over by ZCID,” he said.

Hakainde Hichilema

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