PF Secretary General Davies Mwila speaking during a joint media briefing with the UPND leadership at the UPND Secretariat
PF Secretary General Davies Mwila speaking during a joint media briefing with the UPND leadership at the UPND Secretariate

Patriotic Front(PF) Secretary General (SG) Davies Mwila has maintained that the ruling party will support the dialogue process that will be facilitated by Zambia Centre for Inter party Dialogue (ZCID).

Mr. Mwila says ZCID made it clear during the recently held Secretary Generals Conference that it will only facilitate the dialogue process.

He stated that PF will support the stance by ZCID to appoint eminent people to chair the dialogue process in place of the church.

He explained that there is no way ZCID can be excluded, adding that it was the Centre that started the process hence the need for stakeholders to allow ZCID to finish it.

The PF Secretary General stated that ZCID has made it clear from the beginning that it will only play the role of a facilitator and will allow the church to chair the proceedings.

Mr. Mwila noted that ZCID encompasses all the political parties hence the need for them to be part of the process.

He wondered why the three church mother bodies have indicated taking over the whole process sidelining ZCID.

And ZCID spokesperson, Jackson Silavwe yesterday told a media briefing that the Centre will go ahead with national political dialogue with representation from all willing political parties despite the church refusing to chair the process.

However, the three church mother bodies have clarified that they have not hijacked the dialogue process or sidelined ZCID.

Meanwhile, Mr. Mwila says the interparty elections within the party structures are progressing well saying all the districts outside Lusaka have since concluded.

Mr. Mwila added that the party is yet to communicate the dates for other provinces to commence their elections at all structures.

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    • Are we a Christian country or not? How then can Edgar and his minions be so averse to Church mediated dialogue….is it because the know the likelihood of bribing the Church are minimal as opposed to those clowns at ZCID?

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    • These are wasted years indeed…its clear both parties lack maturity one wants crooks from ZCID the other wants the Church..its better you just call a neutral which is back to square one the Commonwealth as you can not take lead yourselves.

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    • PF should just demand the money back from ZCID. Christian Nation is divided, PF reject the church over money.

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  1. PRESIDENT LUNGU SAID THIS ON 22 MAY 2018
    “This country has seen the remarkable efforts of the church in pushing for consensus and achieving admirable results out of previous processes of political dialogue. Our consensus in the church in this regard is therefore unquestionable. I therefore welcome the UPND’s affirmation that a locally-driven process with the church at the centre of it, is the way to go,” Chanda quoted President Lungu as saying. There is something fishy going on. Who is saying the truth Lungu or Mwila? These chaps if not properly checked will cause problems in the country. What are they scared of?

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    • This is why that lazy bum Edgar needs a Press Conference but he is busy in EP campaigning to cadres and dancing on stage!!

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    • Forget dialogue whether driven by ZCID or the church, this effort is going nowhere, key players keep pivoting! You let a chicken whose head has been decapitated run aimlessly till it meets its conclusion (death)! There won’t be any unified position on this issue among major expected participants! For those believing Zambia is a christian nation use your avenues for the desirable according to your beliefs to be achieved and let those who also believe otherwise do the same at some point one or the other will prevail! Its a water and oil position and goal posts are on wheels! However let the suffering continue, seems it does not really affect sufferers themselves!

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  2. 22 May 2018
    Chanda stated that President Lungu agreed that the church must be at the centre of the process, given its track record of conflict resolution.

    “This country has seen the remarkable efforts of the church in pushing for consensus and achieving admirable results out of previous processes of political dialogue. Our consensus in the church in this regard is therefore unquestionable. I therefore welcome the UPND’s affirmation that a locally-driven process with the church at the centre of it, is the way to go,” Chanda quoted President Lungu as saying.-ND

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  3. 24th July in Chilanga
    President Edgar Lungu has urged the church to take the national dialogue seriously and expedite the mediation process. And President Lungu has also urged the opposition UPND to come out in the open to make known the matters that they want to be discussed during the dialogue process.
    The Head of State says the process is long overdue and he wondered why the UPND have continued changing goal posts on who should preside over the process. President Lungu was speaking in Chilanga’s Namalombe ward where he went to drum up support for the PF council chairperson candidate Annie Brown. Was this a campaign gimmick?

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  4. The Zambia Centre for Interparty Dialogue says it will go ahead with the proposed National Dialogue despite the Church mother bodies pulling out and wishing to take it alone.Speaking during a Media Briefing in Lusaka today, ZCID Board Spokesperson Jackson Silavwe said the Centre will proceed with the national dialogue as it was mandated and agreed upon by its cons Mr. Silavwe said noting that the Church has pulled out and wants to organize its own Dialogue, ZCID has resolved to appoint a five personell team from eminent persons to Chair in place of the Church. tituent members and other stakeholders. I’m getting confused with these characters. The church has stated a different position from what ZCID purported. Something fishyyy

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    • They will go ahead as its about allowances with them …the Church would simply hold a meeting in their church not in Siavonga!!

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  5. Is there any need for dialogue? What are they going to talk about. Zambians voted for PF and Lungu and closed the matter in 2016. Now it is time to work and develop our country. The next elections are in 2021 and Zambian will decide who rules next. Zambians have said it five times that they do not want to under UPND and HH.

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  6. 27th August 2018 – The Church says,
    We have not hijacked the Dialogue process or Sidelined ZCID-Church Mother Bodies. Yaba conflicting statements all over. The President says it okey for the Church should expidite the process, PF Mwila says no only ZCID, ZCID says it will ago without the church because the church has started another process, the church says no ZCID is very much party of the process. Cry my beloved country. Do these chaps know where they are taking the country?

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  7. Dialogue because he is losing popularity

    Even if he gets 200% in from his stronghold he wouldnt still win

    Let him explain ethnic cleansing and arson activities by his followers

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  8. kci – wait until there is fire in the next election. Let us be civil for once and stop being cadre sh on such important national matters. The country should agree on the electoral processes, work on lacuna in the constitution, public order act ect so that no room or very little room is left for losers to dispute. It should be called National dialogue not political parties dialogue. This country does not belong to political parties but Zambians. Political parties come and go but Zambia will forever remain Zambia. That is why the country is not named after any political party. It should include all stakeholders not just political parties unlike what this chap Mwila wants to suggest.

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    • @Ndetilla nati, why should one start a fire just because they have lost an election? Arsonists are now coming out in the open. Zambians were told that there will be Armageddon if HH loses 2016 election. We should not be intimidated by fires to chose who leads Zambia.

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  9. It’s no surprise to realise why ZCID and other proxy PF parties shot down credible organisations such as the commonwealth and now the Church’s role in facilitate the dialogue process. The objectiveness and impeccable record of protecting their reputation on related issues by these credible institutions is making PF uncomfortable as the fair outcome would change the political landscape. The only want a facilitator who will protect their agenda up to the conclusion of the dialogue process. Already, threatened by the Church, some are talking of closing the door of the dialogue process. They be reminded that the process is not personal. The irony is claiming to be a Christian nation and yet they don’t trust the Churches.

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  10. “Africans give them a gun they will start killing each other”
    Selfish interest is killing this country.

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  11. It would seem a number of contributors here are confused that there is a difference between statements issued by PF SG to that of the President.

    Firstly we need to recognise that Lungu has accepted and accomodted the demands by UPND that the Church Chairs and leads the process. This by the way is on line with the strategic paper left by the Commonwealth on way forward which also mandated ZCID to facilitate the identification of the eminent persons the Chair and lead the process hence engaging the Church to play that role.

    The 2nd National Democratic Stakeholder Summit the stakeholders unanimously agreed that the Church leads the process while ZCID as custodian of political party dialogue platform only facilitates.

    This position was further affirmed by all Political parties to…

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  12. The were invited to chair the process not to takeover. They are some very technical issues that the church only can not handle, hence they need ZCID to facilitate.
    The leaders are hoping they will drive the process and get allowances. Kkkk

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    • @ Zambia FK

      Church, which has survived and grown for two Millennia cannot handle “some very technical issues” and the bunch of parasitic corrupt demagogues can handle the issues?

      Do yourself big favour, F*CK OFF together with your CORRUPT CONVICTED IDOKL

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