Dialogue only way forward

Government has been urged to engage into dialogue with other stakeholders to lessen the rising tension in the country due to the Patriotic Front government’s alleged dictatorial type of governance, a clergyman in Kasama has charged.

And Pastor Chishimba has advised President Sata not to blame his ministers for failing to work for the development of the nation.

In an interview with the Daily Nation, Pastor Chishimba said as far as he appreciated the President’s stance to ensure his Cabinet worked, it was also important that he had time to address the people of Zambia to clear various speculations.

He said that the people of Zambia would not take Mr Sata and his government seriously if he continued showing reluctance in addressing national matters.

“The people of Zambia are expecting Mr Sata to address them on national matters, blaming ministers for failing to supervise development projects across the country is not helpful when he is failing to talk to his people who voted for him,” he said.

He appealed to the leaders across the political spectrum to demonstrate dignity in the way they exercised leadership and in the manner they related to each other, adding that a good leader should focus on promoting the common good, especially uplifting the lives of the poor in the country.

“As a clergyman, I am deeply disturbed when I hear of the continued in-fighting and see attempts by some prominent members of political parties ‘washing dirty linen’ in public. Aren’t Zambians justified in questioning whether they made the right choice?

Pastor Chishimba warned that democracy was likely to suffer greatly if the opposition political parties were weakened, and that it would neither benefit government nor the citizens.

“We have been through a one party state system of governance before, and this must not be tolerated anymore. We wish that all the leaders come together and talk about developmental issues,” he said.

The President recently urged his ministers to tour their areas and ensure that there was progress of development projects.

He was speaking at State House when he swore in newly appointed Southern Province Minister,  Daniel Munkombwe.