President Edgar Lungu says opposition UPND leader Hakainde Hichilema is free to pull out of the dialogue process.
President Lungu says Mr. Hichilema is not the only opposition leader and that the dialogue process can be going on even without his presence.
The Head of State was responding to questions from journalists when he arrived from Copperbelt Province on Sunday evening.
And President Lungu has condemned the burning of Mufumbwe Police station by residents in the area.
President Lungu says such acts are not Zambian and should not be left to continue.
Meanwhile, Minister of Home Affairs Stephen Kampyongo has directed North Western Province Police commissioner to investigate the matter and bring the perpetrators to book.
Mr. Kampyongo says burning of the police station is retrogressive and that those involved will feel the full wrath of the law.
And President Edgar Lungu has urged Zambians to sing the national anthem proudly and let the words resonate in their lives.
President Lungu called for Zambians to be patriotic and stand proud and free.
“I am happy you have learnt to sing the national anthem,” he joked after the the three stanza’s of the anthem were sang to end his Copperbelt trip.
“Stand and sing of Zambia, Proud and Free, Land of work and joy…understand the anthem every line has a very powerful meaning. It gives what Zambia is and who we are,” President Lungu said.
The Head of State went on to explain his purpose of visiting Copperbelt; “I came to visit to see for myself and I will visit regularly. It is important to know what is happening.”
“Ubufi bwafula (there are too many lies), I get reports and I want to compare those reports with what I find.”
He went on to state that he wanted to keep the party alive by visiting as many districts as possible.
President Lungu who is also PF party president urged his members on the Copperbelt to be united.
He encourage a mutual respect among party officials advising them that a divided house cannot stand.
“Let us work together… a house divided can not stand… do not undermine each other,” advised President Lungu.