Professor Muyunda Mwanalushi has been ratified as the National Dialogue chairperson.
During the opening ceremony Forum Secretary, Patrick Chisenga called on delegates to rise above partisan interest and debate the agenda for the benefit of Zambians across the Country.
And Justice Minister, Given Lubinda is hopeful that the Forum will come up with resolutions that will make the Zambian Constitution, one of the best legal documents in the World.
Delegates are supposed to deliberate on the amendment of the Constitution of Zambia Act number 2 of 2016 as well as reform the law on the Electoral process, the public order and the regulation of the political parties’ bill based on submissions from various stakeholders.
Meanwhile delegates have without objection ratified the nomination of Professor Muyunda Mwanalushi, as the Forum Chairperson.
Professor Mwanalushi has assured delegates that he will work according to the expectations of delegates during the duration of the Forum.
However there was a technical challenge when it came to electing members of the standing Committee where the requirements was that one of the eight candidates was supposed to be a lawyer.
After a heated debate among delegates, Professor Mwanalushi told delegates that the forum will vote for seven candidates instead of eight as a way of creating room for a lawyer to be among those to sit on the Standing Committee.
Delegates are now voting for the two vice chairpersons and a spokesperson for the forum.
Notables among those standing for the role of spokesperson include Chilufya Tayali, Isaac Mwanza, Gershom Musonda, Hyde Haguta and Wright Musoma.
Boniface Cheembe is vying for the position of vice chairperson.
Others are Guess Nyirenda, Danny Pule, Cecilia Zimba, Given Katuta and Mary Mulenga while Tutwa Ngulube withdrew from the race.
President Edgar Lungu will officially open the National Dialogue Forum tomorrow (Thursday).
The opposition UPND is plotting to boycott the forum while some of the party legislators have vowed to attend arguing that the forum is in national interest.