National Restoration Party (NAREP) president Elias Chipimo Junior says his party did not see the need to dialogue with other opposition political parties in the country over the invitation by republican president Michael Sata to the Rio conference in Brazil.
Mr. Chipimo has stated that the concerns raised by other opposition political were not enough to turn down the invitation.
Mr. Chipimo says the National Executive Committee of his party was comfortable with the invitation as conference was in line with the party’s vision to make the country an energy superpower that will address the many pressing challenges being faced.
Speaking at a media briefing in Lusaka this morning, Mr. Chipimo says it is so unfortunate that the opposition in the country are dwelling on suspicion and leaving out real issues.
He notes that opposition political parties should not rely on unnecessary criticism and complaints but should instead engage with all stakeholders in a constructive and progressive manner.
Mr. Chipimo states that development in the country can only come from resolute, collective and committed stakeholders by government working with the civil society, the private sector and even the opposition political parties.
And NAREP National chairman Joseph Mushalika says NAREP does not wish to engage in unnecessary attacks with leaders of other opposition political parties but states that unwarranted attacks meant to divert people’s attention from focusing on real issues will not go unchecked.
Mr. Mushalika says UPND leader Hakainde Hichilema should be the last person to state that he is allergic to President Michael Sata because not long ago, he was in an alliance with his party.