Government has reaffirmed its unwavering commitment to dialogue with all stakeholders including the church on important national matters.
Acting Chief Government Spokesperson, Collins Nzovu, said government had already begun to actualise the process of dialogue as earlier stated.
Addressing a media briefing in Lusaka on Wednesday, Nzovu, thanked the Catholic Bishops for accepting to dialogue with government on matters they raised in the pastoral letter which were similar to those of the Council of Churches in Zambia (CCZ).
He said it was government’s sincere belief that having pronounced itself on the need to dialogue over the issues raised, a platform had been created to this effect.
“Going forward, government urges citizens to remain calm and be expectant of the outcome of the dialogue process as it believes that the dialogue process that has been put in place is sufficient to address all the issues raised,” Nzovu emphasized.
He noted the need to give dialogue an opportunity without jeopardising the conducive environment of the process.
Nzovu reiterated that President Hakainde Hichilema’s administration was committed to running an open government that was accountable to its citizens.
“It is for this reason that the President repealed the Defamation of the President Act in order to allow citizens democratic space to express themselves and participate in the governance of their country,” he stated.
Nzovu added that government was also taking to the National Assembly, the Access to Information Bill which was presently under active consideration by a committee of Parliament for possible enactment.
He stressed that the proposed Access to Information Bill was also an effort to confront corruption meaningfully by bringing on board active civic participation by all citizens.
“The New dawn administration believes that these, among other measures, are being put in place to demonstrate political will and good leadership,” Nzovu said.
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