National Democratic Congress (NDC) Party’s Chishimba Kambwili said that the ongoing National Dialogue Forum is a has an outcome is predetermined and his party will not part it.
Speaking in a radio interview Mr Kambwili said that that the dialogue process is a mere academic excise adding that the NDC will not be part of a flawed process, adding that the constitutional making process is not genuine.
Mr Kambwili said Zambia that is a democratic country adding that citizens should not be allowed to participate in forums whose outcome is predetermined.
He said Government did not consult stakeholders in drafting the National Dialogue Bill and emphasised that the National Dialogue Bill is a predetermined law.
Meanwhile, Chief Chitoshi of Lunte District in Northern Province has appealed to delegates taking part in the National Dialogue Forum to put aside their political differences and focus on addressing the aspirations of the people.
The traditional leader media in an interview yesterday morning that the forum is an important gathering that requires participants to be objective and sober minded in their deliberations.
He noted that the meeting provides an opportunity for the country to address contentious issues patterning to governance and peace-building.
Chief Chitoshi said all those taking part in the forum must prioritise national interests in order to have outcomes that will protect the country’s future.
He has since castigated individuals and organizations who are against the national dialogue forum, describing their actions as selfish and detrimental.
The traditional leadership in Northern Province is being represented at the forum by Chief Kaputa.
And the Patriotic Front (PF) in Northern Province has expressed hope that the national dialogue forum will yield positive results.
PF Provincial Chairperson Chungu Bwalya said the ruling party is optimistic that matters such as the public order act, political party bill, constitutional review and electoral laws will be adequately addressed.
President Edgar Lungu is expected to grace the 10-day forum taking place at the Mulungushi International Conference Centre in Lusaka.