In a statement issued by party general secretary Dr Cosmas Musumali, the Socialist Party has stated that it would not participate in what he termed “a shameful platform”.
“Let the millions of taxpayers money to be spent go towards meeting salary and pensions of our people. Those thousands not paid are a priority, not the pretentious Forum,” Dr Musumali stated.
“We were ready to participate with the church serving as a neutral arbitrator. The church mother bodies still offer some light in this dark and uncaring world that we live in. The initiative was however not given any chance. The Patriotic Front ignored and disregarded that initiative with impunity. The Patriotic Front apparently wanted a process it could conceptualize, execute and oversee itself.”
He stated that the party was only ready to participate in the dialogue process with the church serving as a neutral arbitrator.
“Today, we are being called upon to participate in such a shameful, manipulative and costly exercise! Just like with the debacle of the constitutional making process, this new attempt is an insult on the collective intelligence and wisdom of the Zambian people. The Patriotic Front is not interested in constitutional changes, electoral reforms, and the repeal of the Public Order Act or any changes that would enhance liberties for all – other than itself,” stated Dr Musumali.