President of the MMD faction Felix Mutati says his party is participating in the ongoing National Dialogue Forum (NDF) because it has interest to cure the conflicts, particularly those that emerged from the 2016 elections.
Mutati said it is pleasing that representatives, including members of parliament from across the political divide, got accreditation without exception, an indication that they will attend the forum despite claims of some intending to boycott.
In an interview after getting accreditation at Mulungushi International Conference Center yesterday, the MMD leader said the turnout of nominated representatives who got accreditation gave hope that they would participate substantively in order to create the necessary changes in the political space.
“From MMD’s perspective, if we are to make progress in dealing with issues that are slowing down the unity of this country, we must be in that place (NDF) where we can make our contributions. Unless we make it together as one, those conflicts will continue to emerge,” Mutati said.
He said among the contentious issues that should be addressed include the 14 days interpretation in which one can successfully petition a presidential election, making the Public Order Act more flexible for all political players and enhancing the powers of the Electoral Commission of Zambia to better conduct elections to minimize conflicts.
“The bottom line is that never judge a book by its cover. Come and engage, express yourself, argue in this conversation. All stakeholders must engage because we all belong to a society called Zambia and unless we make it together as one, those conflicts will continue to emerge,” Mutati said.
He also reiterated that the National Dialogue Forum would help cure the syndrome of by elections through proportional representation.
“These are good dividends that we must harvest as society in order to advance the country Zambia,” said Mutati.