Patriotic Front Secretary General Davies Mwila says UPND leader Hakainde Hichilema is not serious about dialogue otherwise he would have attended the National Prayer Day on October 18.

Speaking when he addressed his party structures in Kaoma district of Western Province yesterday, Mwila said President Edgar Lungu had remained committed and ready for dialogue.

“At national level, people have been calling for dialogue between the top leaders, President Edgar Lungu and Hakainde Hichilema, ‘can you dialogue’. Why? If there is any difference, they can sit and reconcile and move forward for the benefit of the country. You will recall that the Secretary General of the Commonwealth did appoint an envoy to come and discuss with all the leaders from all political parties and see how best they can come together and dialogue. Not only that, the former President of Nigeria Mr [Olusegun] Obasanjo also came over the same mission,” Mwila said.

Mwila said by telling his supporters not to attend prayers, Hichilema proved that he was not committed to dialogue.

“President Edgar Lungu has made a commitment that he is ready to dialogue with any leader of a political party in Zambia. But our friends on the other side, the UPND have not been serious with the dialogue. Our friends, on 18th of October, the day of prayer and reconciliation, we expected our friends from the UPND to come so that we pray together. But the UPND president HH told his supporters not to attend the prayers, what does that mean? It means that he is not serious with the dialogue that is being initiated,” said Mwila.