Dialogue Bill a fraud – HH
By Staff Reporter
UPND president Hakainde Hichilema says the National Dialogue Bill to be tabled in parliament is a fraud as it is meant to stifle fundamental freedoms.
The UPND and its alliance partners yesterday afternoon held a briefing on what they were calling the PF sponsored National Dialogue Amendment Bill 2019.
“Our position on this proposal by Edgar Lungu and his PF was that it was fraud and non-inclusive and meant to abrogate our country’s democracy. We are aware that this Bill is meant to stifle freedoms such as freedom of association, assembly, expression and speech, other than that, this proposed bill was meant to illegally give Edgar Lungu another seven years as President of our country,”
Hichilema stated the Bill was illegal and would not allow it to be passed in parliament.
He said as an alliance partner, the UPND remain committed to an open and church led dialogue “which will encompass among other things electoral reforms, Public Order Act, and all fundamental rights”.