Both the United Liberal Party (ULP) and the Federation of Free Trade Unions in Zambia (FFTUZ) have advised opposition Patriotic Front (PF) President Michael Sata to consider dialogue with government on the high mealie-meal prices in the country.
Speaking in separate interviews with ZANIS in Lusaka today, ULP President Sakwiba Sikota said dialogue was an amicable way of addressing and ironing out contentious issues facing the country.
Mr. Sikota further said dialogue with the government on national issues would help maintain peace and reduce tension in the country.
He noted that perceived tension impacted negatively on the country as it scared away investors.
And commenting on reports that Kitwe Patriotic Front (PF) women have threatened to undress during the demonstrations over the high mealie meal prices, Mr. Sikota said the women would only embarrass themselves.
He added that it does not make sense to undress during the demonstrations.
And FFTUZ President Joyce Nonde has encouraged the opposition leader Michael Sata to dialogue with the government.
Ms. Nonde, who noted that the problem was that the opposition has not accepted the outcome of the October 30, Presidential by- elections, advised Mr. Sata to discuss with government on finding solutions the problems in the country.
She however challenged government to comprehensively explain what has led to the high mealie-meal prices in the country.
Ms. Nonde charged that politicians both in the opposition and the government were to blame for some of the problems facing the country as their influence should be used to better the situation not seeking political mileage.
And Ms Nonde has since condemned the Kitwe PF women who want to undress during the food demonstrations.
She said Zambia is Christian Nation adding that God does not allow people to expose their nakedness to the public as the human body is his temple.