SACCORD urge Government to address national matters with stakeholders
The Southern Africa Centre for Constructive Resolutions of Dispute (SACCORD) has called on government to open up clear channels where matters of national interest can be addressed.
Speaking to ZANIS in an interview yesterday, SACCORD Information Officer Obby Chibuluma said the media has been one of the major platforms that stakeholders have been using to dialogue with government on matters of national interest.
Mr Chibuluma was reacting to a statement by government spokesperson Kennedy Sakeni that government will not dialogue with the church through the media as it holds them in high esteem.
He noted that the reason the Catholic Bishops had made their concerns known through the media is because it is the major dialogue platform currently in existence.
Mr Chibuluma stated that it is important for government to clearly make known the channels of communication they want to use with stakeholders.
He however said it is important to bear in mind that no matter what platform is used people still need to know that the issues affecting them are being addressed.
And Mr Chibuluma described the violence that erupted at the United Party for National Development (UPND) Kabwata rally yesterday as unfortunate.
He said that it is unfair for anyone to cause confusion at an event that took time to organize.
Confusion characterized the beginning of the much awaited UPND public rally in Lusaka’s Kabwata yesterday when some suspected Patriotic Front cadres attempted to disrupt the gathering.