COMMONWEALTH SECY-GEN SAYS ZAMBIAN PRESIDENT, OPPOSITION LEADER AGREE TO MEET

LUSAKA, Commonwealth Secretary-General Patricia Scotland says Zambian President Edgar Lungu and Hakainde Hichilema, leader of the main opposition party, the United Party for National Development (UPND), who is currently in jail, have agreed to meet and discuss their differences.

Scotland, who ended here visit to Zambia Wednesday, told the media that the two leaders had agreed to come up with a roadmap ahead of the next general election due in 2021. She added that she would name an envoy to help with the talks, which she added would include the participation of the Church and civil society.

She disclosed that it was agreed that a meeting would be held in 2019 to check on the progress made in the dialogue.

During her stay on Zambia, Scotland met the president as well as Hichilema, who has been in prison since April 10 awaiting trial on charges of treason. He has been incarcerated at Mukobeko Maximum Prison with his treason case likely to take off next week in the Lusaka High Court.

Hichilema is incarcerated with five other UPND party officials who were with him during an incident involving a presidential motorcade.

Scotland said the two leaders told her they agree to forget about the past and move forward and to oromote peace and security.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK

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