Minister of Infrastructure Ronald Chitotela explains on the progress of the road to President Edgar Lungu during the inspecting the progress on Lumumba roads
FILE: Minister of Infrastructure Ronald Chitotela explains on the progress of the road to President Edgar Lungu during the inspecting the progress on Lumumba roads

Housing and Infrastructure Development Minister Minister Ronald Chitotela says PF members of Parliament, both who include Roan MP Chishimba Kambwili and his Bahati counterpart Harry Kalaba will be represented by President Edgar Lungu and Secretary General Davies Mwila at the January 18 national dialogue meeting.

And Mr. Chitotela says there is absolutely no way President Lungu would be expected to attend the national dialogue alongside his members of parliament when the dialogue is a reserve of political party presidents and their Secretary Generals.

He has challenged the organisers of the national dialogue, the Zambia Centre for Interparty Dialogue and the three Church Mother Bodies, to state clearly whether the national dialogue is for political party consultants, ordinary parliamentarians or as it were, political party presidents and their Secretary Generals.

Commenting on the insistence by Mr. Kambili that he will attend the dialogue meeting, said Mr. Kambwili and Mr. Kalaba like other PF MPs will be represented by President Lungu.

“Hon Jack Mwiimbu who is the Monze Central member of parliament will not be attending the national dialogue because he will be represented by his party president brother Hakainde Hichilema and his SG. Mwenya Musenge will be attending the national dialogue as NDC Secretary General but on what criteria would the PF Roan member of Parliament Chishimba Kambwili choose to attend when the Patriotic Front President and Secretary General are in attendance”, he questioned.

Mr. Chitotela was speaking on the Red Hot Breakfast show on Hot FM this morning.

And Young African Leaders Initiative President Andrew Ntewewe says his organisation will advise President Edgar Lungu not to attend the meeting if the Church and ZCID do not put their house in order.

Mr. Ntewewe has accused the two of having failed to provide leadership despite being aware of the ongoing debate on who should attend the meeting.

“If by 17 January we do not have a solution to this debate, we will advise the Head of state to stay away from the dialogue meeting, these misunderstandings will be the cause of pandemonium in the meeting”, he said.

Mr. Ntewewe has warned that the national dialogue risks failing if the skepticism surrounding its nature, seriousness and composition is not addressed immediately

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  1. Why does the PF not want the president to attend the dialoge? Just goes to show that there is a great fear in the PF camp. Davis mwila is not the PF president.

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    • What will this dialogue solve?

      Will Lungu pay back all the money that has been stolen? No.

      Will Lungu stop corruption in Zambia? No.

      Will Lungu stop favouring Chinese and foreigners? No.

      Will Lungu stop the third term nonsense? No.

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    • chitotela is right but instead of discussing Kambwili or Kalaba, why don’t they just send a provincial chair to represent Lungu at this dialogue. That’s how people will realise seriousness of this issue. So PF better stop just talking too much and begin acting.

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    • But why the PF leadership not getting along with their MPs?
      Why can’t they have dialogue as PF first? What’s so difficult for Chitotela to mediate PF in house dialogue?

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    • KUBWEKA, YOU OBVIOUSLY GOT A NINE IN YOUR GRADE 12 EAXMS THAT IS IF YOU HAVE EVEN REACHED THAT FAR IN YOUR ACADEMICS. TH STORY IS NOT THAT ECL WILL NOT ATTEND THE DIALOGUE BUT THAT HE HAS NOT INVITED HIS MPs TO ACCOMPANY HIM.
      WHY DO DULL CHAPS LIKE KABWEKA RUN TO COMMENT WITHOUT FULL UNDERSTANDING?

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    • Objectively, PF have a valid point. It is time these two (2) PF Members of Parliament declared to which side of the coin do they stand otherwise this will start eating into their credibility and that of the parties that has adopted them.

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    • Corrupt Chitotela thinks Lungu is a small god who cannot sit with others on the same table simply because they have alot to hide. Cancel the dialogue because PF want to hijack it and champion their agenda of stealing. Ba Koswe mumpoto.

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    • Indeed! This is not a parliamentary meeting. The fact that CK and HK are MPs is irrelevant. If you need only MPs to attend then Lungu and his SG (who lost to an independent) do not qualify to attend. Use the same requirements for all. It is parties attending: PF, UPND, NDC, PPP, etc. The party dialogue is not about individuals and individualism.

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  2. This is a National Indaba (Dialogue), all stakeholders must be allowed to attend – chiefs, CSO, NGOs, political parties, trade unions, the churches, and all.

    Why would PF wish to exclude other stakeholders, pride?

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    • Maano – It is not a Conference, this is a dialogue meeting for Political Parties. You can arrange a Conference where you can invite everybody.

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    • I foresee a time when PF will be desperate for dialogue and that will be when they finally smell the coffee that their time is up,and they wont want dialogue for the nation’s sake,it will be to save their skins.Right now all discerning people can smell the coffee,they cant…

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  3. Corrupt Chitotela ought to know that the same people you do not want your thieving president to meet are the same people you will wish you had met. The wheels are turning!

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  4. Chishimba Kambwili and Harry Kalaba are very dull! How can they hope to attend the dialogue when they have refused to leave the PF seats. They still insist they are Pf members and yet they still want to be part of the dialogue..how? Which party is each one of the going to represent? They should be ashamed of themselves. The dialogue is for the party representatives and and for MPs of certain parties. Mwaloba ilyabola pantu nga lyachiba ilya uma kuti mwaocha ba kolweee imwe….nayaa inee

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    • This is not a parliamentary meeting. The fact that CK and HK are MPs is irrelevant. If you need only MPs to attend the Lungu and his SG do not qualify to attend. Use the same requirements for all.

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  5. THIS IS A LOT OF CHILDISHNESS GOING ON IN THIS COUNTRY. EVEN A GRADE ONE CLASS HAS MORE SANITY THAN THIS STP. IDNESS OF CHILDREN POLITICS. IT’S A SHAME!

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  6. He has a point BUFFOON CK and Kalaba can not have it both ways…the greedy foools will not resign their positions as they know they are in politics to sponge off taxpayers!!

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    • JAY JAY… IS CHISHIMBA KAMBWILI A BUFOON BY YOUR DEFINITION COZ OF HIS BULK BODY OR IST THAT HE IS DULL OR YOU ARE JUST PLAIN SARCASTIC AND S*LLY. THE LATER SUITS YOU

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  7. Someone in that meeting please ask were the 500, 000 jobs are because money was spent to entertain people during the cocktail party to make a mockery of the Zambian thinkers…

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  8. ECL donot go if your MPs are going to be there. let CK go there to represent PF sinces he has insteasted to attend after all he is a member of PF. CK mudwa kubili greed chivumo!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  9. Don’t forget to ask to tell us were the 500, 000 jobs are.. and how far he has gone in making the 1000000. Jobs he promised at opening of parliament in 2016.. yes those of us with proper brains still remember your promises… we are not all party cadres who listen to your speeches while drunk

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    • He already gave black mountain for those promises, just go dig and you don`t even need a CV, you get black mountain, you also get black mountain, you all get black mountain……..hahahahaha

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  10. The PF will be sending either Copperbelt Provincial Chairman Nathan Chanda or Former Lusaka Province Kennedy Kamba. This dialogue by Church is a big circus

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  11. This Dialogue thing is a total waste of time! Why should differences of two leaders call for national dialogue? The beef between ECL and HH is what this so called Dialogue! What we need is not Dialogue or National Day of prayer! What we need is a National Indaba where we exercise our minds and cross-pollinate ideas on how we can move our country from the shackles of poverty towards prosperity! The Dialogue thing has already failed before it can even start!

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    • PF has always been changing goal posts on dialogue thing. I cannot see the salt of it ever since they booted out Professor Gambari, the dialogue thing has just been a nightmare for almost 2 years now.

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  12. Kambwili and Kalaba are just baboons without brains. They are clinging to PF membership and should follow PF rules which are only the President and SG attend the dialogue on behalf of PF. The Church leaders are also dull and I wonder how they lead sinners to Christ if they cant come clean on such stupidity

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  13. Let Kabwili, William Banda hold a meeting with Lusambo and Kapyongo. Lock the room and throw away the keys, check the i.diots after 24 hrs to see if any will have any balls !

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  14. Only a person who understands the topic will post positive issues. Negatives come from those who hate others for nothing. Hon chitotela is right. There is a difference between president and mp.

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  15. This is a natural consequence of Chishimba’s baffoonery. He is free to wear double faces in play ground politics but, honestly, he can only have one identity during such an important occassion.

    When animals or birds gather, bats are never welcome. Thier dual IDs disqualifies them.

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  16. The Church Mother Bodies, ZCID and UPND are adding to the confusion. There is no need beating about the bush on the issue of renegade MPs who want to bring confusion to this dialogue due to their own greed. Let’s be serious and resolute. Kambwili needs to be shown that f.oolishness catches up with you.

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  17. I totally agree with you for once Hon Chitotela. In what capacity will Kambwili and Kalaba attend the meeting when they are PF Mps. This is a simple matter which does not need any debate. If Kambwili and Kalaba can not understand that, then Iam afraid to say they are exhibiting a serious lack of fair judgement which is a key component in leadership. It is time some maturity was exhibited in some of these political leaders. We are tired of political misfits in Zambian political arena.

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    • Should this also be debated seriously? Leave out those chaps. If anything, this is dialogue between UPND and PF. I see no relevance in other political parties who are time wasters.

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  18. The socalled dialogue is a farce. Firstly if Kambwili and Kalaba want to attend the eediots must completely quit PF…no half measures otherwise they should ask for dialogue within PF. Secondly don’t trust men from the Church. ..just look at Congo where they want to rekindle unnecessary strife. Thirdly there’s no crisis in Zambia except in certain people’s minds and so people should just wait for 2021.

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  19. Same thing happened with the constitution you had the chance to debate it before President Lungu signed it and the same people who pushed for it are the same people crying foul about President Lungu standing in 2021 .Now the President has given all options open for a national Dialogue you bring in irrelevant issues of people like Kambwili who belong to various political parties to attend.The Question is who will be representing according to our constitution because the man is an mP on PF ticket

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  20. Mr Chishimba Kambwili did not see this coming. He thought he would cheat his way through by being vague and continue drawing a salary as MP on PF ticket as well as being a leader of an opposition party. “ Chimbwi afwile intangala” translated loosely” a hyena died as a result of trying to take two routes at the same time.

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  21. If Chishimba Kambwili goes ahead with what he says that he will forcefully attend the dialogue then he does not know what he is talking about. Because Jean the Baptist will be waiting to baptise him immediately and Hon Lusambo will give Chishimba the towel to wipe his face.

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  22. Comment:If the meeting is for the party presidents and their Secretary Generals,then let be so.You can’t have a meeting of eg of Headmasters being attended with their pupils.More there should be discipline and protocol observed for the meeting to be taken seriously.Esp from the parties themselves.What happens if they decide to take up different positions esp that they have internal differences?We might just witness bitter exchange of words.

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  23. You don’t have to be a genius to know that Kalaba and Kambwìli are just playing games to attract the attention of the masses in order to gain political mileage. Those people are not too dull to know that they are not supposed to attend the National Dialogue due to their status of being selfish of belonging to dual citizenship. Please tame them into a political cage.

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  24. Mwebo please, dayalogo for what? Just because HH lost it should make us not rest? Awee. This is too for once. I think Chagwa must start leading and not only ruling!!!!

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  25. KAMBWILI SHOULD NOT ATTEND CAUSE HE WILL JUST BRING TROUBLE THE MAN CAN NOT BRING PEACE ALL HE THINK ABOUT TROUBLE HE IS BIGGEST NOISE MAKER IN THE COUNTRY SO WHY HIM NEVER

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  26. I am surprised. It clearly says that the forthcoming dialogue meeting on 18th is for Party Presidents accompanied by their secretary Generals. Which part of this statement is not clear?

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