PF seeks to block Kambwili from attending dialogue
By Staff Reporter
THE ruling PF is seeking to block Chishimba Kambwili from attending the January 18, national dialogue meeting.
On Saturday, National Democratic Congress (NDC) political consultant Chishimba Kambwili told journalists at the opposition party’s secretariat in Lusaka that the national dialogue would not take place should the ZCID and PF succeed in eliminating him from the process.
He said the Zambia Centre for Interparty Dialogue (ZCID) and PF were scared of him, hence their scheming to bar him from the national dialogue process.
“With or without ZCID, I am attending that dialogue process under NDC as its consultant and will lead the team on NDC. And if they don’t want, there will be no dialogue to talk about because all opposition political parties will walk out,” warned Kambwili.
“I want to make it very clear, there should be no elimination of individuals or groupings by ZCID or PF. We want to speak our mind about the ills and wrongs that this government has been perpetuating against the people of Zambia and particularly democracy; so, no elimination, we are all stakeholders. Tell [presidential spokesperson] Amos Chanda, ZCID and Lungu to behave.”
In a press statement today, PF deputy media director Antonio Mwanza stated that political consultants were not invited to the forthcoming national dialogue and that proxies will not be allowed.
He stated, “Kambwili aloba ilya boola (Kambwili has fished a rotten one.)”
“Yesterday, PF Roan member of parliament Hon Chishimba Kambwili vowed that the dialogue meeting slated for January 18, 2019 will not take place if he is not allowed to attend. Mr Kambwili said he will forcibly attend as NDC Consultant failure to which all opposition political parties will walk out of the meeting. What Mr Kambwili should know is that only party presidents and their respective secretary generals will be allowed to attend,” Mwanza stated.
“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 (child’s play). There is no place for drama, comedy and political immaturity.”
Mwanza advised Kambwili that as a PF member of parliament, he was free to communicate his concerns or contributions, through Copperbelt PF chairman Nathan Chanda, to the ruling party president Edgar Lungu on what would 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. The people will judge!” stated Mwanza.