By AARON CHIYANZO
HAKAINDE Hichilema has no hidden agenda over the proposed dialogue but has genuine concerns that need ironing out before the August 12 general elections, UPND spokesperson Charles Kakoma has said.
Mr Hichilema, he said, had serious concerns such as ending political violence.
He was reacting to Patriotic Front deputy national mobilization chairperson, Geoffrey Bwalya Mwamba’s sentiments that President Edgar Lungu was ready for dialogue but only on serious national issues.
Mr Mwamba, popularly known as GBM said Mr Hichilema was too selfish and would want to use the dialogue as a conduit to get to State House.
Mr Kakoma however said in an interview that Mr Hichilema had no hidden agenda and was ready for genuine dialogue.
He claimed the issues Mr Hichilema wanted addressed were already in public domain.
“There are no hidden agendas. All the issues Mr Hichilema wants ironed out are in public domain and he has posted on his Facebook page. We are looking at issues like how to end political violence,” said Mr Kakoma.
Mr Kakoma also said other stakeholders were free to bring out issues that they wanted addressed at the dialogue forum.
He said the dialogue was not only about UPND but addressing the concerns that other stakeholders had as well.
And Mr Kakoma said it was only the church that could spearhead the proposed dialogue because it had been ‘tried and tested’.
He said the church mother bodies had a track record of having spearheaded political dialogue before during the UNIP era.
Mr Kakoma said there was no time to entrust any other grouping that had never spearheaded a dialogue process.