Call to hold urgent opposition Indaba receives mixed feelings


Some opposition political parties have expressed mixed feelings over the call by the Zambia Direct Democracy Movement (ZDDM) to convene an urgent Indaba to address the challenges the country is currently facing.

The opposition ZDDM has called on opposition political parties in the country to convene an urgent Indaba to come up with concrete measures on how they are going to save the country from alleged sufferings under the Patriotic Front (PF) government.

But United Party for National Development (UPND) Deputy Secretary General, Kuchunga Simusamba has wondered why the ZDDM could call for an opposition Indaba it recently formed alliance called National Coalition of Political Parties (NACOPA) which he has also wondered whether it is still in existence.

Mr. Simusamba says there is no need of having such an indaba for the opposition but that what is needed is for the opposition to work together on common issues like the release of the constitution, Public order Act, and the access to Information Bill among others.

Mr. Simusamba has told QFM News that having an indaba is not a solution to have these challenges the country is currently facing, but speaking one voice is key and parties should be sincere if they have to speak one voice.

And National Restoration Party (NAREP) President Elias Chipimo Junior says the country does not need an alliance or indaba to unseat the PF government but that what is needed is the opening up the avenue of dialogue to ensure that the solutions can be discussed in a manner that does not escalate the political tension which is being experienced now.

Mr. Chipimo says the idea of the opposition coming together should be to produce an outcome which leads to a clear vision that can take this country forward.

Meanwhile Forum for Democracy and Development (FDD) Spokesperson, Antonio Mwanza, says the idea of convening a national indaba is a welcome move and it should be supported by all politicians.

Mr. Mwanza says the opposition can have this indaba not necessary through political dialogue but through other strategies because what is important is to redeem Zambians from the mess that the PF administration has created with these few months they have been in the office.