Opposition leader Hakainde Hichilema on Friday met the Commonwealth delegation led by Professor Ibrahim Gambari which is in the country on a second leg of its dialogue process between the opposition and the ruling PF.
Mr Hichilema was accompanied to the meeting with party Vice President Geoffrey Bwalya Mwamba, National Chairperson Mutale Nalumango and other senior party officials.
The UPND leader told Prof. Gambari that the party remains committed to the dialogue process.
“We remain committed to the dialogue process for the greater good of our country and we will not walk away before finding lasting solutions to the many challenges our country is faced with,” Mr Hichilema said.
Prof. Gambari is in Zambia for a four-day visit from 23-27 November.
During this visit, Prof Gambari is expected to progress discussions on the dialogue framework following initial consultations he held during his previous visit in September 2017.
Prof Gambari will meet with State officials, leaders of political parties, representatives of civil society organisations, church leaders, traditional leaders and other national and international stakeholders.
The Secretary-General of the Commonwealth, Patricia Scotland appointed Prof Gambari last month as her Special Envoy after she negotiated a commitment from President Edgar Lungu and Mr. Hichilema to engage in forward-looking political dialogue to address issues of common interest ahead of future elections in the country.
He is lost.
Meeting his conditions which he signed for the treason bailout. His releasal was not for free. His been played on the mind thinking even ecl has to under go the same with Gambari. After meeting them Gambari will report to ecl and later to Scotland till 2021.
Such a shame that in 2017 the Commonwealth has to mediate talks in Zambia…all because of incompetence from Edgar Lungu. The man has failed to provide leadership. HH should never have been arrested in the first place
UPND dialogue with which people, these??:
– Mumbi Phiri
– Kaiser Zulu (beat up Max Chongo, drinking on presidential plane and sent picture to Inonge)
@Katondo boys, ndipe mena kukoma.
“Obatala November 25, 2017 at 9:39 pm – Such a shame that in 2017 the Commonwealth has to mediate talks in Zambia…all because of incompetence from Edgar Lungu. The man has failed to provide leadership. HH should never have been arrested in the first place” – BUT HOW CAN HH’S UNRULY BEHAVIOR BE ECL’S INCOMPETENCE? CAN ANYONE DIALOGUE WITH HH WHEN ALL HH DOES IS CHOSE A WRONG ROUTE EVEN WHEN HE KNOWS THE RIGHT ONE. ISN’T HE BEING EGOCENTRIC, ADAMANT, ARROGANT & UNRULY?
this is whats making upnd become very silly and think like they are all that.
Comment: Kikikikikikiki,Politics in Zed, kuti waluba
So the common wealth have nothing better to do, like Brexit? Europe is falling apart and they are in Zambia’s business. Shakur of BBC was right, the UPND are to emotional and petty.
Thank God i was trolling around LT last, this is nearest Zambia has to learned humans, a full calling himself nzelu, yet lacks even a tiny bit of it, men you better have used your night time to fulfill your marriage duties than burning your brain aimlessly. Do you even understand what the Commonwealth is and it’s members? They no connection to the European Union whatsoever and you want them to mediate about what in Europe? Do you know that Britain is the only member of the Commonwealth in Europe?
Divide & Rule – Really funny your post. Britain which is the center of the Commonwealth is a member of the EU and you are saying the Commonwealth has no connection to the EU whatsoever? That is scary.
Umulembwe wachipuba upwila mulitumfwe thats hh he is being fooled to think all is well for him wait and see the trap he is setting for him self
But unpd is a use.less grouping. They have nothing to offer just busy wasting time with commonwealth as though they are in government instead of spending time explaining to the voters what they would do in 2021 if they were to win (which i strongly doubt again)
They are just wasting the Commonwealth official’s time…as Suckar of BBC stated there is no way Lazy Lungu will dialogue with you if you don’t recognize him, is he banking on the outcome of petition case as a backup.
Hakainde when are you going to have a convention? Dont you trust your members voting for GBM as Veep?
Gambari is wasting his time and just pumping more illusions in kachema’s head. Has finished reading those empty volumes he was given?
Bashi Chilekwa should wake up before it is too late.
Its 2017 …what UPND should be doing now is pushing for reforms in the ECZ, lobby for Judicial reforms, lobby for Police reforms … Hakainde is busy selfishly chasing his own tail…by the time he realizes it he will be out of time again. Hakainde go to Kenya and learn from Odinga…if you were smart as him you would have pulled out immediately ECZ insisted on printing in Saudi Arabia but you are too selfish!!
This nonsense by upnd and the commonwealth will continue until 2021.meantime PF and Kambwili are busy campaigning for 2021 while HH and his dull upnd team waste campaign time in board rooms-kikikikikikikiki!!!!WHEN PF WIN AGAIN,HH WILL BE BUSY SAYING ELECTIONS WERE RIGGED!!!
look Kainde,elections are not won like that but by convincing voters across the country to vote for you in masses!!!
Whenever late Michael Sata lost elections,next day he started campaigning for future elections!!!HAVE YOU SEEN HH DOING THE SAME?NEVER!!!
anyway,keep it up HH with your board room meetings until 2021 BECAUSE THAT SHALL PROLONG PF’S STAY IN POWER!!
NJIMBU BB 2017!!
Apart from Nalumango and Great Bag of Maize the rest are from the Bantustans as Fred Mumembe once described them all the best in the meeting don’t cry too much if I were you I would call for the reform of the electoral commission, distribution of ballots, collating of results and a faster process to release he results but you meeting the Envoy without malita mu ship way she really made a spectacular of herself during the attempt to force a re-run
Time wasting indeed,no matter how hard you beat a fool, you will never beat out his foolishness out of his head.
upnd should focus on what issues they should raise in parliament-electoral reforms, police reforms, provincial agiric and budiness enhancements like what Luapula is doing. Instead they squander all the time in RSA, Chatham house, with commonwealth-what are they doing for those who put them in office???
Under5 expected to meet Our His Excellency ECL face to face to discuss mainly himself and satisfy his over bloated ego to show his u.pDonkis and Maimane that he is an important person. But lol, he will just be a part of a large conference including chiefs, the likes of Mulongoti, NGOs facing government officials of Our National Excellency ECL. This will be damaging to his self centred ego centric expectations and he may pull out.
UPND…we need to change this pf government but if you continue wasting time in board meetings…. you will die alone
Njimbu please Njimbu. Sata was allowed to campaign freely by Mwanawasa just after elections. Now tell me, is political play ground the same under Lungu?Please let us try to be sober when we are posting comments here otherwise Njimbu you will taken as someone who has just landed in Zambia.
Sata never said he didn’t recognize the president LPM, he never became patron of the Lubemba traditional ceremonies neither did he run to the western media or court the likes of EEF nor call others muzungu opusa nah he infact called Adolf under five calculator politician and he was sooooo right as can be seen from the chipante pante demonstrated by the main man
Assuming that the dialogue takes place, under5 will present a list of grievances that he wants to be addressed by ECL. But in order to address those grievances, ECL must have state power and he must be in control of government. And that power must be legal and legitimate. And herein lies the predicament that under5 did not foresee, who holds state power in Zambia if not HE ECL? Is it Baroness Patricia Scotland who wields state power in Zambia? And if HE ECL holds state power in Zambia illegitimately, who does under5 expect to make the decisions, and for that matter decisions which are legally binding?
Look let’s just abandon this dialogue, lest the world thinks that in Zambia there is no law and no Constitution.
Kikikikikikikikikikiki …… but then if we did that, the loser would be…
….the loser would be under5 again…. I suppose this time the legitimate Commonwealth will legitimately officially declare him Sixth time loser and retire him from Zambian politics legitimately……. no chance to resign like Mr Mugabe…..kikikikiki
Whichever way you look at the “dialogue” the one outcome which is certain and indisputable is that we shall have our next general elections in 2021. We can then conclude that the “dialogue” is actually an exercise to educate under5 and his u.pNDonkis the tenets of modern civilised behaviour especially in politics, that every elevtion has a winner and loser, some losers will never be winners, but life should go on with torvhing your country verbally or physically. If it was not an education exercise for the unusual situation of under5, we would not be having the Commonwealth leading the “dialogue” as Zambians are capable of resolving their political differences by themselves. One can point at more complex political situations that we have resolved: the Choma Declaration, the 1990…
One can point at more complex political situations that we have resolved: the Choma Declaration, the 1990 decision by KK to agree to revert to multiparty democracy, the wise and patriotic choice by Mr Sata not to cause war when he lost the 2007 elections to RB, etc etc etc etc.
But now we have an under5 acting completely unZambian and so we need non-Zamvians to intervene.
In other words alien problems need an alien touch to resolve quickly.
Maybe what is important now is to declare HisHighness (HH) confirmed loser for the 7th time. After that they should retire him and put a clause that such bitter characters are a source of anarchy in African countries.
Am surprised with some of bloggers the way you comment on the state of the country as if your self’s don’t leave in Zambia or have diplomatic passports. you don’t even have any passport you praise HH for his unfortunate in ruling Zambia, even if HH becomes the president and you bloggers remains lazy and armchair critic your shall be as useless as the faeces you leave in the toilet. HH has money according to Zambian economy he is a hard worker a goal getter what about you. You even fail to make a tooth pick.
Hahahahah, this man HH has really tried his best to bring Zambia to his level. The only problem is that HH is a shameless under-five politician. He will continue to cry baby until he loses the next election. I have serious reservations about this thing called Commonwealth? which wealthy is common between Britain and the rest of its colonies? The commonwealth is just a toothless club intended to legitimise the British colonialism. What does HH want the so-called commonwealth to do? elect him as president of Zambia? help him to continue his coronation as UPND King? or negotiate his (HH) participation in Govt of the day? I am at loss to say the least. I remain to see how low ECL will sink to entertain this fruitless venture which is just an insult to our sovereignty and democracy.
HOPE YOU DID MENTION TO THEM THAT YOU ARE ONE OF THE LONG SERVING OPPOSITION LEADERS IN ZAMBIA, AND THAT 17 YEARS IS NOT ENOUGH …AND YOU DO NOT SEE YOURSELF HANDING OVER TO ANYONE…NOT IN THE NEAR FUTURE. WAMUYAYAYA !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
@21 Newbby, can you produce a tooth pick yourself, under5, or any Donki? Where is your factory?
There is correlation between how much money under5 has and his electability, a fact that has been proved 5 times so far. Maybe the number could have been much lower than five times if under5 had allowed some internal democracy or elections within his party.
@21 Newbby, can you produce a tooth pick yourself, under5, or any Donki? Where is your factory?
Sorry I meant to say: There is NO correlation between how much money under5 has and his electability, a fact that has been proved 5 times so far. Maybe the number could have been much lower than five times if under5 had allowed some internal democracy or elections within his party.
Matongo ya lungu machende us lungu panyo pa lungu mukongo wa lungu including all supporters of pf
Are you reflecting your father?
@ Munyobinge, why? Bazamugwilani chabe where ever you are. Why such INSULTS.
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