The Zambia Conference of Catholic Bishops (ZCCB) says the launch of the National Dialogue will go ahead as scheduled on the 18th of January next week.
ZCCB Secretary General Cleophas Lungu says the launch will take place at the Anglican Cathedral of the Holy Cross in Lusaka around 10:00hrs.
Father Lungu has told Q-News in an exclusive interview that those to attend the launch of the National Dialogue will be in two groups.
He says one of the groups will be of persons who will receive special invitations based on their status and designation but that this group will not be limited to politicians alone.
Father Lungu, who has held back in disclosing the list of this group, says persons of this special group will not, however, be the only ones to take part in the National Dialogue.
He notes that in the course of the week the three church mother bodies leading the National Dialogue will nevertheless indicate the extent of this list.
The ZCCB Secretary General state that the other group of persons to attend the launch of the National Dialogue will be of persons interested in the process who will include the media.
He says the ZCCB, the Council of Churches in Zambia (CCZ) and Evangelical Fellowship of Zambia (EFZ) will also make provisions for members of the public to attend the launch of the dialogue process.
And Father Lungu has maintained that there is no agenda presently for the National Dialogue despite some stakeholders claiming the existence of such an agenda.
He says what will form the agenda for the National Dialogue will include submissions from all stakeholders who include the Zambia Center for Interparty Dialogue (ZCID).
Father Lungu notes that the agenda items for the National Dialogue will thus be agreed upon in the first National Conference after the launch of the dialogue process on the 18th of this month.
He says the date of this National Conference will be announced in due course.
News source: QFM Radio