Socialist Party President Fred M'membe speaking to journalists after the dialogue meeting.
Socialist Party President Fred M’membe speaking to journalists after the dialogue meeting.

Three church mother bodies have set January 5th as official date for launch of national dialogue after a meeting with over 30 opposition political party leaders who turned up for the consultative meeting on the proposed inter-party dialogue process.

NDC Consultant and Roan MP Chishimba Kambwili said that the meeting has agreed on the need to dialogue on various issues raised in the meeting.

UPND Leader Hakainde Hichilema said all the parties in attendance agreed on the need to dialogue after various pertinent issues were raised and that Zambia needs to move forward by addressing some of the challenges the country is faced with.

MMD faction President Nevers Mumba said the meeting has given parties impetus to discuss and expressed hope that information will be shared with the PF, adding that that Zambians have been looking forward to this day to talk about things that have hindered the country’s development..

Alliance for Democracy and Development President Charles Milupi said the standoff between Zambia Centre for Inter party Dialogue -ZCID- and the three church mother bodies chairing the dialogue is not necessary.

National Restoration Party (NAREP) President Elias Chipimo Jr said issues to be tackled are well known.

People’s Alliance for Change (PAC) President Andyford Banda said the dialogue is centered on pushing for change in electoral reforms.

New Socialist Party Leader Fred Mmembe said dialogue is key to sustaining peace and stability.

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20 COMMENTS

  1. Manyengwe aya. Church seem to have received big cash and in a hurry to spend with or without their colleagues. Sure the funder of this church dialogue is known by now. Also just look at the names of the parties – Alliance Partners.

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    • The church has now partnered with opposition.
      ZCID whatever it is, is clear has office at PF Secretariat.

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    • Where was president Kalaba?
      Those attended I only see 2 presidents:
      HH and Mmembe. And both have wives namesakes, Mutinta.

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    • Why is Lungu being aversive? He is a thief and he thinks that he is now being cornered with his fellow plunderers. Wanya Lungu. the demon of your thieving habits is slowly catching up!

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  2. Waste of time this dialogue. Its money making venture for church. Someone has to check how much money gone into CARITAS and source of funds. Motive for this dialogue is known. ECL will be played game big time and subjected to Kambwili and Mmembe grievances. Surely, pipo want to talk about restoration of peoples civil rights, breakdown of rule law. PF getting trapped into this dialogue

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    • President Lungu has orchestrated one of the greatest political maneuvers ever. He defeated the whole Michael Chilufya Sata clan at the PF convention in 2015. GMB, Micheal Sata junior, Miles Sampa, Kaseba Sata, Kambwili, Guy Scott Sata etc all bowed to Lungu. Like him or not, Lungu is a great politician. Now the opposition are going to dance to the Zambian tune. These talks are a mere waste of time. Zambia needs development, not always chit chatting and politics. Look at how fragile this opposition is, none of them has substance. We are really missing general Miyanda. Zambia first.

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  3. 30 oppositions political parties out of over 100 political parties. Eish. Doesn’t sound like this is headed somewhere. Govt must proceed consultation on Bills through ZCID or they will fall into the Mmembe trap to discuss how post was closed, how petition was not heard and ECL 2021. Waste of time indeed.

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  4. Waste of our time. We are already mobilizing for 2021. The crooked politicians can continue trying to have secret meetings at night which are “cordial” and “brotherly” while we march on. Their indoctrinated cadres don’t even know their president is having secret meetings at night with President Lungu.
    Forget the dialogue nonsense.

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  5. I knew the church was upto something. Wolves in sheepskin ready to help the opposition alliance devour ECL. Trust these church folks at your own peril.

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  6. Dialogue procedings without ZCID goes to show a possible hidden agenda by the CMB and the opposition Alliance.
    The same unnecessary pressure from the church(Oasis forum) and opposition parties are the reason we have a flawed constitution today.
    ECL should not waste time on this useless dialogue trap but rather focuss on developing the nation.
    Some church leaders may have been paid to push an agenda for their candidate .
    Church bodies dont cause unnecessary confusion please because Zambia is at peace.

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  7. Just watching from the terraces. As Jesus Christ said, in the last times there shall come people purporting to come to you using my name. Stay away from these children of vipers. So what would the church do to protect their flocks if they instigate a civil war? How can you have a meaningful dialogue minus a party in power you money changers?

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  8. Failed dialogue, ZCID and 3xchurch not in unison, and you expeect us to unite in dialogue? It is going nowhere unless the 3xchurch learn to work with ZCID.

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  9. Is it the CMB to announce this??? CMB is suppose to take these preliminaries to ZCID, the body mandated to handle the dialogue, and come up with an MOU on how to proceed. Making ambitious pronouncements will render this now stale dialogue useless as ZCID will just come out and nullify CMBs ulterior manoeuvres.

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  10. These disgruntled and power hungry opposition characters are trying to legitimise and justify an abrogation and wrong using select clergy mainly the Catholics to disenfranchise a legally mandated body so they can attack and discredit the presidency. Mmembe has a well documented history of such behaviour and his recent union with the man he demonized for a long time as a tribalist bantustan leader simply comfirms the common denominator among this group-hate for ECL and the demonic appetite to seize state power.

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  11. Bane before the church mother bodies came up with that gathering , they had a private ENGAGEMENT WITH STATE HOUSE. Honestly, ECL was not going to ABSCONDED the gathering of NATIONAL DIALOGUE if the matter was of GREAT IMPORTANCE THEN. Sometimes, before we comment we should do insightful knowledge by asking persons responsible.

    THANK YOU

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