Zambian leader calls for enhanced dialogue ahead of polls

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Edgar Lungu
Edgar Lungu

Zambian President Edgar Lungu on Thursday called for enhanced dialogue among stakeholders in order to iron out differences ahead of this year’s general elections.

The Zambian leader said dialogue is the only way the country could resolve disputes and differences ahead of the August 12 polls.

In remarks delivered when he met church leaders from the country’s three church mother bodies, the Zambian leader said he is committed to enhancing national peace, dialogue and harmony.

“I remain open for dialogue and engagement with all stakeholders to ensure our country continues on the trajectory of national building and reconciliation, for the betterment of the lives of our people,” he said, according to a release by his office.

He reaffirmed the government’s desire to ensure free, fair and transparent elections.

Evangelical Fellowship of Zambia Chairperson Paul Mususu said the church’s desire is to see peace prevailing in the run-up to the general elections.

So far, four opposition leaders, including Hakainde Hichilema, leader of the main opposition United Party for National Development, have paid their nomination fees, with the closing date set for May 9, 2021, according to the Electoral Commission of Zambia.

The electoral body said presidential candidates are expected to file their nomination papers from May 17 to 20. Enditem

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