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UPND Joins ZCID Driven SGs’ Dialogue Caucus

The much anticipated Political Parties’ Secretary Generals’ meeting has officially opened in Siavonga with all invited critical political parties, including the opposition United Party for National Development (UPND), attending.

The two-day meeting is expected to deliberate on the submissions from the National Democracy Stakeholders Summit (NDSS) organised by the Zambia Centre for Interparty Dialogue (ZCID) following consultations with former Republican Presidents, political party Presidents as well as eminent persons.

Further ZCID engaged stakeholders from different sectors of society at the NDSS before holding a one day meeting with political parties outside parliament. ZCID also engaged the Church Mother Bodies on the dialogue process.

The Secretary Generals’ meeting started with an assurance from the UPND representatives that they carry the full mandate of the party after participants raised an issue with the opposition party sending of proxies to the meeting without a clear explanation from the party.

The UPND have sent their Head of Policy and Research Dr. Choolwe Beyani, National Trustee Collins Maoma and their Legal Counsel Mukambo Haimbe instead of their party Secretary general Stephen Katuka, his Deputy Patrick Mucheleka and Garry Nkombo who had earlier confirmed their participation.

The move to send proxies by the UPND to the secretary general meeting infuriated participants from other political parties.

First Chairperson for the Zambia Centre for Interparty Dialogue ZCID Dr Katele Kalumba said it was important for all participants to accommodate one another and that it was important for those representing their parties to ensure that the adequate mandate to “whip” their Presidents on issues relating to national dialogue.

Dr Kaluma noted that when the level was not adequate it would be difficult for the representatives impress on their presidents on what would be agreed during the meetings.

And PF Secretary General Davis Mwila expressed concern that the move to send proxies to the meeting would set a bad precedence for the forthcoming Presidents’ summit where others would want to send representatives.

13 Comments

  1. JOSEPH PHIRI

    Davis Mwila your mind set is full of ignorance! What are you oppose.

  2. FGM

    We have one Zambia. Hence the need to collectively safeguard the peace and democracy. Perpetrators of violence , intimidation and those destroying democracy should be openly criticised. A delegation should also be sent to South Africa to orient us on how the ruling party and the opposition have been co existing and respecting each other. Also on how the public media handles the ruling party and the opposition political parties.

  3. Pilato

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  4. Paul Hartenberger

    Katele:
    Good luck – miss you and perhaps one of these days, my wife Doris and I can visit with you again in Zambia. Paul Hartenberger (in Zambia from 1994-1998)

  5. Wesley

    You must Stand on the truth not to be one side because in Zambia most of you , you like to much money , that s why we are being condemed by other countries , when you are given k5000 you you think it will last longer but not, you are just killing the future of the young ones ,you leaders in PF don’t think that what ever you are doing is secret it’s not,let me tell you all the election you are doing for you to win you are doing something ,all Zambian we know that at least one of the leader he will turn as a Boku aram or civil war STOP what you are

  6. Jms

    In our party we know that every individual chosen for any duty is capable of serving the party and we know that their is nothing wron or right it just the mind which determines that. The president or the party can chose who ever can for the party unless you fear the delegate

  7. Foster simazaba

    Feck

  8. Chipalo Francis

    We Need To Hear Best Idea To Develop Our Mother Land. Eg Our does Our money Goes From Our Mines, how Many Mineral Type .And What Does We Do With Them. Does It Benefit Our People Or Investor. What About Minimum Wages. Rising Of School Fees And Many More.

  9. Chipalo Francis

    We Need To Hear Best Idea To Develop Our Mother Land. Eg Our does Our money Goes From Our Mines, how Many Mineral Type .And What Does We Do With Them. Does It Benefit Our People Or Investor. What About Minimum Wages. Rising Of School Fees And Many More.GOD be with our country .

  10. Jms

    Their is nothing wrong and their is no need for any test if the examination is coming (tests are done class by class read for examination wait for the duologue you want to know what we are thinking we know you in BIG FEAR wait don’t start shivering chil

  11. Razor

    At least this is a start and good move by all political parties. Let this spirit continue.

  12. Joe

    Hey guys, we only have one Zambia as our niche. Let’s just coexist as people of one accord. Like it or not we are all from this loved soil called Zambia. No any other explanation. Hurray guys!

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