By KANCHELE KANCHELE –
The Commonwealth needs to state clearly its stance on a Zambian-led dialogue process to end the debate on who should lead the national political indaba, former president Rupiah Banda has said.
Speaking to members of the Zambia Centre for Interparty Dialogue (ZCID) board who paid him a courtesy visit at his Lusaka home on Saturday, Mr Banda said there was need for the Commonwealth, which played a key role in initiating the process, to state how it saw the talks being conducted.
In an allusion to the stance adopted by the United Party of National Development (UPND) which continues to restate its opposition to talks led by the ZCID – as the Government and the ruling PF have decided, a position since supported by the Commonwealth – Mr Banda said it was important to ensure the success of the talks and the Commonwealth could help by clarifying its position on the now contentious question of who should direct the conversation. Read more