… ‘It is no longer clear what this di­a­logue is all about’- Tay­ali

Daily Nation Newspaper - - Home News - By AARON CHIYNZO

THE con­cempt for the na­tional di­a­logue should be clearly stated to stake­hold­ers be­cause if it is no longer clear what is to be dis­cussed, Eco­nomic and Eq­uity Party Pres­i­dent Chilu­fya Tay­ali has de­manded.

Mr Tay­ali said that the real agenda for the na­tional di­a­logue was no longer clear be­cause it seemed to have shifted from what was agreed in the first place.

He said in an in­ter­view that the ini­tial idea for di­a­logue was started by po­lit­i­cal par­ties adding that they only in­vited the church to chair the process as a neu­tral body.

Mr Tay­ali how­ever won­dered why the church was now call­ing the shots and mak­ing the ma­jor de­ci­sions with­out the in­volve­ment of po­lit­i­cal play­ers.

He re­it­er­ated that it was sur­pris­ing that the church was even plan­ning to side­line ZCID from the process when it was made up of po­lit­i­cal par­ties them­selves.

Mr Tay­ali pointed out that the church was sup­posed to work with the agenda which was set by po­lit­i­cal par­ties but that it was no longer clear if that was still the case.

“How can the church plan on sidelin­ing ZCID in this process when ZCID is made up of po­lit­i­cal par­ties.

This is sup­posed to be an in­ter­party di­a­logue, so can ZCID be left out? It is no longer clear what this di­a­logue will be all about be­cause the church is com­ing up with its own pro­grammes,” he said. Ear­lier, Coun­cil of Churches in Zam­bia (CCZ) gen­eral sec­re­tary Em­manuel Chikoya said that all po­lit­i­cal play­ers are free to at­tend the di­a­logue launch slated for Jan­uary 18, 2019 where modal­i­ties for the main di­a­logue will be set

Fr Chikoya noted that there had been mis­un­der­stand­ings re­gard­ing the di­a­logue to be con­vened on Fri­day next week.

He told the Daily Na­tion that the meet­ing would mark as the cer­e­mo­nial pub­lic launch of the di­a­logue process.

He said the Jan­uary 18 gath­er­ing was open to all stake­hold­ers and not re­stricted to party pres­i­dents and sec­re­tary-gen­er­als as er­ro­neously sug­gested.

Fr Chikoya said that all po­lit­i­cal play­ers and other group­ings were free to at­tend the meet­ing as it would be a pub­lic event where guide­lines and other modal­i­ties for the ac­tual di­a­logue process would be com­mu­ni­cated.

“The meet­ing on the 18th Jan­uary, 2019 is not a meet­ing as peo­ple want to view it, it’s a launch.

And ev­ery­one re­gard­less of how you want to call them, are free to at­tend. “Please help us cor­rect it.

So we should not mis­take this to the ac­tual di­a­logue. It’s just a launch and we will share the guide­lines on how we will pro­ceed,” he said.

When asked whether NDC con­sul­tant Chishimba Kamb­wili was el­i­gi­ble to at­tend the ac­tual di­a­logue process, Fr Chikoya said that guide­lines would be com­mu­ni­cated at the launch.

The cler­gy­man said that for now he would not want to dwell on the is­sue as guid­ance would be given at the right time.

Mean­while, State House had con­firmed that Pres­i­dent Edgar Lungu would at­tend the na­tional di­a­logue meet­ing set for Jan­uary 18.

Spe­cial As­sis­tant to Pres­i­dent Lungu for Press and Pub­lic Re­la­tions Amos Chanda had said that the Head of State was com­mit­ted to the na­tional di­a­logue process and was hope­ful that ZCID and Church mother bod­ies would cre­ate a plat­form to build con­fi­dence in the process.

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