Bishops’ peace dialogue set for today

Political leaders in Zambia including President Edgar Lungu are today expected to meet under the auspices of the Catholic Bishops in an effort to iron out differences which have sometimes led to political cadre clashes.

Speaking in an interview after the funeral service of Brigadier General Cyprian Muchopa at St Ignatius Catholic Parish in Lusaka yesterday, President Lungu said all was set for the interparty dialogue scheduled for today.

President Lungu called on Patriotic Front party cadres not to attend the gathering as it was strictly for party leaders.

He also urged other political parties to do the same.

President Lungu said it was important that political cadres observed the hierarchy of party structures and stayed away from the meeting.

Other political leaders expected at the inter-party talks are Mr Hakainde Hichilema from the UPND, Nevers Mumba from the MMD and FDD leader Edith Nawakwi.

In an Episcopal letter early this year about the state of the nation, the Catholic bishops urged the political party leaders to tone down their rhetoric before the elections.

The bishops urged the politicians to ensure their supporters did not engage in violence.

And Saint Ignatius Catholic parish priest, Charles Chilinda, is positive that today’s inter-party meeting would yield positive results in uniting the country.

And Fr Chilinda said political cadres should not be allowed to be above the law and create anarchy among Zambians.

And President Lungu yesterday joined thousands of mourners that attended the funeral service of Brig Gen Muchopa.

Gen Muchopa was until his death, on March 23, served in the Zambia Army.

President Lungu said he was attending the funeral service as a friend of the departed as they had known each other for a long time.

He said Gen Muchopa was his long-time friend and neighbour, hence he could not afford to miss his funeral service. – ZANIS


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