President Edgar Lungu meeting with Secretary-General Patricia Scotland at State house in Lusaka today- Pictures by Eddie Mwanaleza/State house 07-08-2017.
President Edgar Lungu meeting with Secretary-General Patricia Scotland at State house in Lusaka today- Pictures by Eddie Mwanaleza/State house 07-08-2017.

The Commonwealth has accepted Zambia’s position to have the proposed national dialogue process involving various political stakeholders.

This came to light during a bilateral meeting that Vice President Inonge Wina held with Commonwealth Secretary General Patricia Scotland in London. Mrs. Wina said time has come for Zambians to show the world that they are capable of resolving their own internal challenges in an amicable manner.

She confirmed having briefed the Commonwealth Secretary General during the bilateral meeting about the latest developments in Zambia regarding the pending dialogue process.

“Scotland accepted the views of the Zambia’s stance on the dialogue process. We want the dialogue process to be carried through by the Zambia Centre for Inter-party Dialogue (ZCID) and the Commonwealth secretariat will be asked if there is a role they play in the dialogue process,” Mrs. Wina said.

The Vice President said she is hopeful that political players involved in the dialogue process will not come up with a new agenda which may derail the whole process.

“We should be focused on how to resolve our internal issues. Most of the issues that have arisen in Zambia have been solved by ourselves as Zambians,” Mrs Wina said.

The Vice President has since called on political players involved in the proposed national dialogue to put aside their partisan interest but put the country’s interest first.

“The inter-party dialogue is not a PF driven affair but a consensus of all political parties. Even the dialogue will be driven by the political parties,” Mrs. Wina said.Mrs. Wina noted that the Zambia Centre for Inter-party Dialogue (ZCID) was set up a long time ago and all political parties have a stake in it.

“Whenever they have been a conflict they (ZCID) have been able to manage and resolve it. All Zambian political parties have confidence in this institution. And we believe we can solve our own national issues” she stressed.”

Meanwhile, Commonwealth Secretary General Patricia Scotland described her bilateral meeting with the Vice President Inonge Wina as cordial.

Ms. Scotland said the meeting touched on several issues of common interest to both Zambia and the Commonwealth family such as good governance and protection of human rights.

She expressed happiness that the Vice President assured the Commonwealth Secretariat that Zambia is committed to upholding the rule of law and the commonwealth values including facilitation of the national dialogue process.

“We discussed issues of the innovation hub and creation of the office of the civil justice reforms and all the things that bring us together as a commonwealth family,” Ms. Scotland said.

The Commonwealth has been facilitating the proposed national dialogue among political stakeholders with the view of unity of purpose in the nation.Meanwhile, the Vice President says the Commonwealth is now becoming relevant to the needs of the member states as evidenced by the technological advancement in the grouping.

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    • HH will write to The CommonWealthy ountries to complain that Patricia helped rigging 2016 election because she wants CIDZ to spearhead the dialogue. HH akana.
      Dialogue-Ng’ang’a

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    • But in that dialogue Edgar’s friends he played with when he was young should testify that indeed they called him Edgar.
      Dialogue with an imposter in midst is like negotiating with your step father.

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    • You Zambians are not serious at all, do you surely believe that you can dialogue with these people? these people are full of themselves, they have no respect for other tribes opinions because they think they know it all,they have no respect for other people unless you are one of them or you are a cow, they think they are the most educated fools, they think they are clever yet just ba mumbwa mumbwa with a funny accent. do you surely think you can dialogue. ask inshindishi shabo or flower boys mucheleka and gbm and their flower girl nalumango

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    • It’s rather risky to take PF on its word; especially when it is comfortable with an offer from a local arbitrator.
      It has corrupted a lot of Zambian Institutions that were once neutral and held in high esteem.

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  1. Do you expect Commonwealth to say no…Commonwealth is only a club only as strong as its weakest link!!

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  2. You Zambians are not serious at all, do you surely believe that you can dialogue with these people? these people are full of themselves, they have no respect for other tribes opinions because they think they know it all,they have no respect for other people unless you are one of them or you are a cow, they think they are the most educated pools, they think they are clever yet just ba mumbwa mumbwa with a funny accent. do you surely think you can dialogue. ask inshindishi shabo or flower boys mucheleka and gbm and their flower girl nalumango

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    • I am glad you know we are educated. But tribalists are in Govt. have been in Govt stealing and lying to you the least educated my friend! Is can see through; sad you are blind, broke, and mentality disabled.

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    • I am glad you know we are educated. But tribalists are in Govt. have been in Govt stealing and lying to you the least educated my friend! Us can see through; sad you are blind, broke, and mentality disabled.

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  3. with the comments iv read, one of the reasons parties cant dialogue….others are now happy

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  4. This is a non-starter. The need for dialogue has gone beyond the two political party interests, but national interests because the issues affect everyone, and not just the cadres. ZCID can continue with the cadres, but we still need a true national dialogue premised on intellectually selected issues. The two parties are clobbering each other in the bye-elections as we speak. This dialogue failed a long time ago and just like Sata boycotted the ZCID dialogue, HH will also boycott this one. Lets just continue complaining about the price of tomatoes

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  5. If he boycotts, the Commonwealth on whom he had his hope will see who the real buffoon is in this whole thing and they will pay no attention to him.

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  6. ZCID needs to work hard to win the confidence of stake holders. We have them quiet when Kapata threatens to close prime, HH is in uproll with UN, PF makes inappropriate reference to Common wealth, Kambwili is victimized… the list is endless. What kind of shibukombe is ZCID??

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  7. This old woman is a liar. Why did you go to a body you consider foreign to get their consent about your dead CIDZ . Double standard.

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  8. CURRENTLY THERE IS NO CRISIS IN ZAMBIA TO WARRANT INTERVENTION. WHAT WE HAVE IS A FELLOW ZAMBIAN WHO IS SO BITTER AFTER LOSING ELECTIONS SEVERAL TIMES. HE HAS TRIED ALL SORTS OF STRATEGIES TO DISCREDIT ECL BUT TO NO AVAIL. BECAUSE THE DIALOGUE WILL BRING OUT THIS FACT, THE MAN WILL AGAIN DISCREDIT IT. SO AGAIN HE WILL CLAIM THAT MADAM SCOTLAND RIGGED THE ELECTIONS WITH ECL. WHAT A PITY.

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  9. Who told her that that is our position? This Kosweress needs to be impeached for lying to the Commonwealth. Then the Court Clerk can become a Caretaker President since the CJ and the Speaker are cowards.

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  10. some zambians are like arabs who only think that it is the international community who can solve their arabic problems, the syrians wanted to remove assad with the help of america but they failed ; and they have lost hundreds of their own people.
    Really it is a shame how that country has become a battle ground for rassuia and america , they have completely destroyed their country to rubble , the same is happening in Yemen, people who were living with Assad in power now they are living as refugees in foreign lands .
    Iam happy that most zambians can remove any president they don’t want through the ballot box and can also sit down and dealogue when they have differences .

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  11. LOL – Clearly one can easily tell this story has a spin to it intended to deceive gullible readers. To a well-meaning person, it begs the following questions :- Why did late President Sata refuse to accept Zambia Centre for Inter-party Dialogue (ZCID) in 2007 when he was still in opposition? Where was ZCID when HH was incarcerated for as long as THREE MONTHS on trumped-up treason charges if indeed it is as impartial as VP Inonge Wina is claiming? And why is VP Wina now all of a sudden acting as spokesperson for Commonwealth?

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