By AARON CHIYANZO
THE United Party for National Development (UPND) is propagating for Roan constituency lawmaker Chishimba Kambwili to be part of the national dialogue because it wants him to cause confusion on its behalf, former UPND vice president for politics Canisius Banda has said.
Dr Banda was reacting to UPND’s utterances that the National Democratic Congress (NDC) was free to decide who was to represent them in the upcoming national dialogue, including a ruling party member, Mr Kambwili. He reiterated that the opposition party was speaking on its behalf by pretending to back Mr Kambwili’s eligibility to attend the national dialogue.
“Their cry is a tacit confession on their part that without Chishimba Kambwili, they really will have nothing substantive to say and lack the required drama that comes with Chishimba Kambwili’s outbursts,” said Dr Banda.
And Dr Banda said the stance UPND had taken was divisive on national dialogue as it had not been appointed by either the Church or ZCID to begin to publicise parameters under which the process would be. He reiterated that utterances of the UPND were absolutely ultra vires as their utterances were neither coming from the Church or ZCID, the only institutions required to make such a decision.
Dr Banda told the Daily Nation that UPND was divisive as it had not been appointed to publicise the parameters under which the national dialogue would be held. “This unilateral declaration of conditions of attendance by the UPND runs counter to the spirit of collectivism, oneness, which spirit ought to guide the preparatory steps to this meeting, and it now threatens the success of the whole process.
“The UPND has NOT been appointed by either the Church as the chair or the ZCID to begin to publicise the parameters under which this national dialogue will be held. What the UPND is saying is neither coming from the Church nor the ZCID. It is divisive,” he said.
And Dr Banda advised ZCID, working with the Church to develop a project framework of the forthcoming national political dialogue clearly addressing Issues of attendance. He also advised Mr Kambwili to stop causing disorder in the nation.