President Michael Sata has told the Oasis Forum to stop playing to the gallery. And Sata say the Oasis Forum may win praises for issuing anti-government statements but that will not take them anywhere.
Sata was reacting to concerns by the Oasis Forum that Zambia is at Cross roads because of the current government’s conduct.
But in a press statement issued by his spokesperson George Chellah, Sata the forum should pin-point the specific violations or ‘hard-won democratic gains’ the Government is attempting to reverse.
“As leaders we need to encourage our citizens that our nation’s survival and growth is anchored on active engagement and participation on several matters concerning our country. Therefore, we wish to advise our colleagues in the Oasis Forum and other stakeholders to learn to engage and not play to the gallery,” said Sata.
He claimed that his regime is determined to build a deeply united, democratic and totally transformed country.
“It’s only fair that if there are other broader governance issues they want to raise they should engage the Minister of Justice. Merely issuing statements will not solve our country’s problems. It might win them kudos but it won’t take them and the country very far,” Sata said.
Sata went on to say:
“We are a democratic Government that fully understands its limitations as enshrined in our Republican Constitution. Furthermore, this Government is serious about delivering development to our people through economic growth, job creation and combating corruption and crime among others.
“We are aware that this will only be achieved if we work with all stakeholders who are serious about meaningful dialogue that translates into beneficial results for our people. No wonder, since getting into Government, I have made it my preoccupation as Head of State to engage the public as widely as possible including the Church.”