Only political party presidents and their Secretary Generals have been invited by the Church and the Zambia Centre for Inter-Party Dialogue (ZCID) to attend the national political dialogue meeting slated for January 18, 2019, Patriotic Front (PF) deputy media director Antonio Mwanza has said.
Mr Mwanza says it is, therefore, not possible for people with different positions in political parties to attend the meeting.
He was reacting to sentiments by National Democratic Congress consultant Chishimba Kambwili that there will be no dialogue without him.
Mr Kambwili is quoted in some sections of the media saying he will forcibly attend as NDC consultant failure to which all opposition political parties will walk out of the meeting.
Mr Kambwili is alleged to have made the remarks on Sunday.
“The national dialogue will not take place should the ZCID and PF succeed in eliminating me from the process,”Mr Kambwili is quoted in the publication.
Mr Kambwili alleged that the ZCID and PF are scared of him, hence alleged schemes to bar him from the process.
“With or without ZCID, I am attending that dialogue process under NDC as its consultant. And if they don’t want, there will be no dialogue to talk about because all opposition political parties will walk out,” Mr Kambwili charged.
But the PF said Mr Kambwili’s assertions do not hold water because there is no such thing as party “consultant”.
“What Mr Kambwili should know is that only party presidents and their respective Secretary Generals will be allowed to attend. Anyone else will not be party to the process. Consultants are not invited and proxies are not allowed. This is a serious meeting it’s not manyengwe (playing). There is no place for drama, comedy and political immaturity,” Mr Mwanza said.
Mr Mwanza has advised Mr Kambwili, as a PF member of parliament, to communicate his concerns or contributions through the PF Copperbelt Chairman, His Worship, Cllr. Nathan Chanda to the party President, His Excellency Mr. Edgar Lungu on what will be discussed.
“It is up to the opposition presidents and their respective Secretary Generals to walk out in solidarity with the PF Roan MP or stay in the meeting and make progress. As for us, we will seat in there and discuss with the church mother bodies and whoever shall remain in the meeting,” Mr Mwanza said.