All Peoples Congress party (APC) President Nason Msoni says the impending dialogue will not achieve anything owing to the rawness of the calibre of Patriotic Front (PF) leadership manning the statecraft.
Msoni accused the PF of not exhibiting a spirit of give and take adding that the ruling party seems not to be convinced on the need for genuine political dialogue.
“My honest view on the impending dialogue is that it is going to achieve nothing substantial to write home about just looking at the rawness of the calibre of PF leadership manning the statecraft.
“Am not persuaded that there is sufficient political will on the part of the PF leadership to exercise a spirit of give and take. Am not entirely convinced that the PF leadership are convinced on the need for genuine dialogue in the Nation.
“Am extremely apprehensive as to whether the PF leadership are genuinely willing to make any reasonable adjustment on the implementation of the public order act. Am not entirely satisfied that the subsisting mistrust among political stakeholders has been dealt with prior to the commencement of dialogue,” he said.
He noted that the exclusion of the Church from the political equation undermines the credibility of the dialogue talks.
“I think the exclusion of the church completely from the political equation will certainly undermine the credibility of the talks. The perception and belief that the discourse(dialogue) should be about foes shaking hands and pronouncing reconciliation that surely would amount to wastage of public resources and time.
“Essentially dialogue among political players should be encouraged, but however, the dialogue process should be inclusive and be able to give the country a new direction,” he said.
On Wednesday the the ZCID announced the names of eminent persons who will Chair the dialogue process starting with the holding of the Presidents summit. The four include
Chief Nga’bwe, Senior Chief Madzimawe, Akashambatwa Mbikusita-Lewanika and Chifumu Banda.
The UPND has however maintained their stance that they would only participate in a dialogue led by the the Church.