The Zambia Center for Inter Party Dialogue ZCID and its political parties will not attend the launch of the National Dialogue Process organized by the three church mother bodies.
ZCID Board chairperson Nathen Mulonga said this is because of the unresolved impasse between ZCID and the three church mother bodies.
Mr Mulonga said the three Church mother bodies have refused to sign an MoU with the ZCID and their refusal to agree on the agenda and road map of the dialogue process.
He said this is contrary to what was agreed with ZCID and the church and that the decision to withdraw was arrived at after meeting with 31 political parties.
He said ZCID will pursue its own dialogue agenda and that a new date for Presidents’ summit will be announced soon.
Mr Mulonga said this at a media briefing in Lusaka.
However, the Patriots for Economic Progress Party President Sean Tembo Mr. Tembo said the ZCID in its current form is a highly compromised institution for the simple reason that the Board Members of ZCID eat off the palm of the PF, either indirectly through nominations to Parliament or directly through regular bribes that are disguised as Board sitting allowances.
“Given that the majority of these ZCID Board Members are jobless and on the verge of destitution, these regular PF bribes that are disbursed on a monthly basis through the Ministry of Justice, and disguised as Board sitting allowances, are the main sources of income for them”, he said.
Mr. Tembo said on this basis, it cannot be reasonably expected that ZCID can act in an impartial and independent manner to fairly and equitably represent the interests of all political parties in Zambia.