Justice Minister Given Lubinda

Minister of Justice, Given Lubinda, has refuted claims by a named newspaper report that stakeholders taking part in the on-going National Dialogue Forum (NDF) are receiving allowances from government.

Mr Lubinda says he is extremely disappointed that people can be reporting falsehood only to spread and build hate towards an important national undertaking such as the National Dialogue Forum.

During a media briefing held at the Mulungushi International Conference Centre in Lusaka this morning, Mr Lubinda said it is sad that there are people that always want to twist the facts, and report falsehoods to the nation.

He explained that the National Dialogue Forum (NDF) has no money to pay allowances to any delegate at the forum, but stated that institutions that sent representation are free to pay their representatives as they so wish or as they determine.

The Minister added that the law according to section 15 of the Electoral Process, Constitution and Public Order Act, 2019 provides that individual institutions are at liberty to pay their representatives and no one can stop them.

And Mr Lubinda said it is thus extremely mischievous for anyone to insinuate that members attending the NDF are being paid by the forum.

He has since called on members of the public to protect themselves from being guided by such fake stories.

Meanwhile, The Minister of Justice says the forum is making tremendous progress.

Mr Lubinda has indicated that no further extension will be made to the forum and that he expects business to be concluded tomorrow Tuesday, May 14 or half day into Wednesday, May 15, 2019.


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