State House says President Edgar will attend the national dialogue meeting set for January 18, 2019.
Special Assistant to President Lungu for Press and Public Relations Amos Chanda said the Head of State is committed to the national dialogue process and is hopeful that ZCID and Church mother bodies will create a platform that will build confidence and competence in the process.
Addressing journalists at State House in Lusaka yesterday, Mr Chanda said that President Lungu has been engaging the Catholic Bishops and other church member bodies to find a proper functional arrangement for holding the national dialogue.
Mr Chanda said the process has already began to explore arrangements to include the Zambia Centre for Interparty Dialogue
He said President Lungu has emphasized that dialogue is an important national process far beyond individual and partisan interests.
Mr Chanda said the national dialogue is about the people of Zambia and every stakeholder must ensure and put the interests of the population first.
He said the national dialogue must ensure that it address constitutional, political and legislative reforms and other issues affecting the welfare of Zambians.
Mr Chanda said President Lungu is disappointed at stakeholders that have been trading insults in public over the dialogue process and wants the integrity of the process shielded from misrepresentation by stakeholders.
He said negatives such as the outcome of the December 28 2018 dialogue meeting that was aimed at maligning the Head of State should not be tolerated and must be avoided to allow for sincerity and transparency in the national dialogue process.
And Mr Chanda disclosed that the report on the wok of the Commission of Inquiry into Electoral Violence and Voting Patterns is ready and will be presented to President Lungu soon.