YALI applauds Govt’s open door policy


PRESIDENT Edgar Lungu should now open up State House and all government departments to allow Zambians with progressive ideas interact at that level of development, says Young African Leaders Initiative governance advisor Isaac Mwanza.

Mr Mwanza said President Lungu must extend an olive branch to the opposition in order to effectively deliver the desired needs to the Zambian people during his renewed term of office for the next five years.

He said the open door policy introduced at State house in the last few months must continue including the press conference as a medium of passing on information to the citizenry.

“YALI welcomes the extension of the olive branch to the opposition and all Zambians must work with him and deliver the desired needs to the Zambian people and we believe Zambia must give the President and his administration support.

“We call on him to open the doors to State House and all ministries and agencies to citizens who have the desire to contribute immensely towards developing Zambia,” he said.

Mr Mwanza also appealed for amnesty on the numbers of political prisoners in incarceration in order to influence mutual dialogue with the opposition parties as well as build a positive international image of the country.

“President Lungu ought to ensure Zambia’s international image continue to be built and ensure we harness the potential of cross boarder relations beyond our boundaries.

“YALI further wishes to implore President Lungu on the need to engage fresh and new minds especially from among youth leaders from within the PF, the opposition parties and society in general in providing leadership to Zambia and building its international image,” he said.

President Lungu took oath for a full five year term of office as Head of State yesterday in front of a fully packed National Heroes Stadium following his victory in the August 11, 2016 general elections.