National Dialogue Forum kicks off amidst boycott
The National Dialogue Forum has commenced sittings today and expected to close on 6th May, 2019.
The forum has been constituted in line with the national dialogue Act which Act was passed by parliament during the last sitting and has since been assented to by the President.
Minister of Justice Given Lubinda has since called on participants to fully commit themselves to the assignment because government anticipates that the recommendations that will be generated during the forum will culminate into widely acceptable proposed amendments to the constitution, electoral process, public order and political parties Act number 1.
Mr. Lubinda has reiterated government’s commitment to the dialogue process which he says can be seen by the engagement of stakeholders such as political parties during the national symposium for drafting of the political parties’ bill that was held from 25th to 29th September 2017.
And National Dialogue Forum Chairperson Muyunda Mwanalushi says the task before the delegates is a noble and challenging one as Zambians are expecting them to lay down a strong foundation for democracy because the four pieces of legislation which are subject for the engagement are the pillars of democracy.
Professor Mwanalushi has since called on all participants to commit them totally and exhibit a spirit of patriotism and consensus building.