The Zambia Centre for Interparty Dialogue (ZCID) has clarified that it’s the prerogative of participating political parties to appoint who should attend the forth coming national dialogue and reconciliation meeting.
ZCID Spokesperson, Jackson Silavwe explained that it is not the responsibility of the ZCID nor the three church mother bodies to choose who should participate in the meeting but that all powers have been left to the political parties themselves to choose a member to represent them.
Mr. Silavwe notes that ZCID and the church mother bodies have only provided guidelines that the forth coming meeting slated for January 18, 2019, is for Presidents and Secretary Generals of political parties hence, the attendance should be within the set guidelines.
He however, noted that there is need for all political parties to adhere to the guidelines and invitations to avoid any form of confusion.
ZANIS reports that Mr. Silavwe was speaking in Lusaka today when he featured on the Hot FM breakfast show.
Meanwhile, Mr. Silavwe has also advised participants attending the meeting to stick to the agenda which was already set by themselves in the previous meeting which was held at Kapingila House.
He disclosed that so far, the political parties that attended the meeting agreed to put on the agenda issues such as Electoral reforms, constitution reforms, and public order act as some of the matters that will be discussed during the meeting.
Mr. Silavwe was reacting to growing concerns among political stakeholders on who should attend the national dialogue and reconciliation meeting.
The three church mother bodies, Zambia Conference of Catholic Bishops (ZCCP), Evangelical Fellowship of Zambia (EFZ) and the Council of Churches in Zambia (CCZ) are expected to lead the national dialogue and reconciliation meeting which is expected to take place on January 18, 2019.
Various political parties’ leaders including President Edgar Lungu have since confirmed participation.