His Excellency, Mr. Michael Chilufya Sata, President of the Republic of Zambia, says the PF Government is determined to build a deeply united, democratic and totally transformed country.

The Head of State, who is reacting to the statement by the Oasis Forum, challenged the forum to pin-point the specific violations or ‘hard-won democratic gains’ the Government is attempting to reverse.

President Sata says it would be more helpful if the Oasis Forum recognised that the central aim of national building lies in constructive engagement of specific sectors of governance.

“It’s only fair that if there are other broader governance issues they want to raise they should engage the Minister of Justice. Merely issuing statements will not solve our country’s problems. It might win them kudos but it won’t take them and the country very far,” the President says.

“As leaders we need to encourage our citizens that our nation’s survival and growth is anchored on active engagement and participation on several matters concerning our country. Therefore, we wish to advise our colleagues in the Oasis Forum and other stakeholders to learn to engage and not play to the gallery.”

President Sata says the PF administration is resolute to establishing a close working relationship with various stakeholders for the benefit of the country.

“We are a democratic Government that fully understands its limitations as enshrined in our Republican Constitution. Furthermore, this Government is serious about delivering development to our people through economic growth, job creation and combating corruption and crime among others,” President Sata says.

“We are aware that this will only be achieved if we work with all stakeholders who are serious about meaningful dialogue that translates into beneficial results for our people. No wonder, since getting into Government, I have made it my preoccupation as Head of State to engage the public as widely as possible including the Church.”

The President advised the Oasis Forum against declaring disputes before engaging the Government conclusively.

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