“A Call for Unity”

… Oasis Forum urges reconciliation and national healing

By Francis Maingaila

Lusaka, Zambia24 (03-06-2024) – The Oasis Forum has urged President Hakainde Hichilema and his predecessor, Edgar Chagwa Lungu, to reconcile, emphasizing the importance of national healing. This call comes amidst concerns over governance, inclusivity, and the equitable application of laws in Zambia.

Grace Sinkamba, Interim Chairperson of the Oasis Forum, appealed for national dialogue to reduce political tensions and foster unity.

She stressed the need for setting aside differences for the greater good of the country, prioritizing national interests, and working collaboratively to ensure Zambia’s unity and integrity.

Sinkamba emphasized that reconciliation between President Hichilema and former President Lungu is crucial for national healing, signaling a commitment to moving past political rivalries and inspiring confidence among citizens.

She expressed concerns over the government’s departure from constitutionalism, the rule of law, and good governance, leading to feelings of marginalization among citizens.

The Oasis Forum condemned divisive statements from both ruling and opposition parties, urging unity to address the country’s challenges.

Sinkamba highlighted the unequal application of the law, political cadreism, and underhanded tactics undermining Zambia’s democratic processes.

She stressed the need for equal treatment under the law, restoration of faith in the justice system, and effective governance.

The Forum criticized the government’s inconsistency in policy direction, failure to fill key constitutional positions, and suppression of the opposition’s right to assemble and hold rallies.

Sinkamba urged the government to reconsider its strategy and allow for healthier political engagement.

She emphasized the need for a clear roadmap for comprehensive constitutional reforms to address systemic governance issues, despite campaign promises.

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