By AARON CHIYANZO
President Edgar Lungu and United Party for National Development (UPND) president Hakainde Hichilema should meet as soon as possible and iron out their differences for the country to move forward, Civil Society for Constitution Agenda (CiSCA) board chairperson Bishop John Mambo has said.
Bishop Mambo said in an interview a meeting between the two was important to Zambia’s economic progress.
He said the meeting between President Lungu and Mr Hichilema was long overdue and that there was no need for any delays.
Zambia could attain sustainable development and progress economically if the opposition and government worked together amicably.
Bishop Mambo said there was need to bury the differences that had engulfed the political space since the 2016 general elections.
He said there was a government in place and that the opposition now needed to work together with it for the good of the nation.
Bishop Mambo said it was as a matter of urgency for President Lungu and Mr Hichilema to meet unconditionally.
“At a time such as this, it is very important for President Lungu and Mr Hichilema to meet and bury their differences. Let us put the country first. The two can achieve a lot of things if they work together. Their meeting will iron out a lot of things,” he said.
Bishop Mambo urged the two leaders to emulate late Presidents Levy Mwanawasa and Michael Sata who put away their pride to iron out their differences when one was in government and the other in the opposition.
He said it was not time for the blame game or show who was stronger than the other.
And Bishop Mambo has urged the Church, civil society organisations and traditional leaders to be above board and avoid being partisan.
He said there was a need for leaders to give credit where it was due and not to condemn whatever efforts government was putting in.