According to Florence Chibwesha of the NGOCC, the president had his own objectives for the conference.
"We told Mwanawasa to hold a pre-indaba meeting where we could chart an agenda," said Lucy Muyoyeta (chair of the NGOCC), "instead he went ahead meeting with sports groups and associations and is happy they are re-affirming what we have always said."
"It is embarrassing for President Chiluba to celebrate his divorce publicly," said Petronella Chisanga, vice chairperson of the NGOs-coordinating committee, NGOCC
. "If this is what President Chiluba is setting as an example, then God help Zambia."