A Political Science lecturer at the University of Zambia says the dialogue process must be abandoned because the country is not in a political crisis.
Dr. Chris Zumani Zimba says abandoning the process might not be a bad idea considering the confusion that has continued to characterise the process due to failure by both the Church and the Zambia Center for Interparty Dialogue to agree on pertinent issues.
He noted that the country’s institutions of governance such as the judiciary and parliament are still functioning and can deal with the issues of constitutional reforms and the public Order Act among others.
Dr. Zimba said the dialogue process which was launched on Friday last week by the three Church Mother Bodies will not produce any results due to lack of participation by critical stakeholders such as the Patriotic Front and the ZCID.
He said Three Church Mother Bodies and the Zambia Center for Interparty Dialogue have also lost the moral fibre to hold the national dialogue because they have failed to harmonize issues amongst themselves.
The Opposition Alliance which compromises of 12 opposition parties has threatened to pull out of the Zambia Centre of Inter Party Dialogue if it continues to disrespect the three Church mother bodies leading the dialogue process.
Meanwhile, the Opposition Alliance has warned it threatened to pull out of the Zambia Centre of Inter Party Dialogue if it continues to disrespect the three Church mother bodies leading the dialogue process.
Alliance Chairperson for Media and Finance Sub Committees Sean Tembo says government has taken advantage of the financial constraints at Zambia Centre for Inter Party Dialogue to push its agenda of disrupting the national dialogue and reconciliation process.
Mr. Tembo said the Alliance is also disappointed with the Conduct of Certain Arms of Government, including the Judiciary and the Legislature Regarding the On-Going National Dialogue and Reconciliation Process in General and the Launch that Was Held last Friday at the Anglican Cathedral of the Holy Cross, in Particular.
He said in Convening Last Weeks Launch, the Church Invited Representatives of the Judiciary and the Legislature, in Addition to Representatives of the Ruling Patriotic Front including President Lungu.
Mr. Tembo said the PF in General and President Lungu in Particular, Decided to Take a Political Stance and Not Attend the Launch of the National Dialogue Process Last Friday, Which is Understandable Because PF is a Political Party and President Lungu is a Politician.