Zambia Direct Democracy Movement (ZDDM) Vice president Charles Kafumbo has praised President Edgar Lungu for facilitating the Catholic Bishops access to meet incarcerated opposition United Party for National Development (UPND) leader Hakainde Hichilema.
Today President Edgar Lungu met with the catholic Bishops at state house to spark dialogue for reconciliation with the Patriotic Front (PF) and United Party for National Development (UPND)
The Catholic Bishops led by Zambia Council of Catholic Bishops (ZCCB) President Teresphore Mpundu in their quest to find a meaningful dialogue on national unity and reconciliation successfully met the head of state who granted them access to incarcerated opposition UPND leader Hakainde Hichilema to discuss dialogue and reconciliation.
Kafumbo says President Lungu’s move to allow the Catholic Bishops meet Hichilema at Mukobeko Maximum Prison is a step in the right direction as Zambia has witnessed unprecedented political violence and acts of sabotage in recent times.
“We thank President Edgar Lungu for facilitating the Catholic Bishops access to meet incarcerated opposition United Party for National Development (UPND) leader Hakainde Hichilema” Kafumbo said
And the Green party has released the following statement
GREEN PARTY COMMENDS DIALOGUE AND RECONCILIATION MOVE BY CATHOLIC BISHOPS
As the Green Party, we are quite elated that the Catholic Bishops met President Edgar Lungu today to initiate reconciliation between the President and incarcerated UPND Leader Hakainde Hichilema. The move by the Bishops could not have come at a better time than now. We hope that soon, the Bishops will bring the two leaders together for reconciliation. There is urgent need to restore unity and harmony in the nation.
Nothing is more important than reconciliation. As the Bible teaches us, if a person is about to offer a gift at the altar and remembers that he has something against his brother he should leave his gift and be reconciled first to his brother and then come and offer his gift..
Time for pride and belligerency must be over. Belligerency will never take this country anywhere but mutual respect and spirit of reconciliation.