The OPPOSITION ALLIANCE says the behaviour of Patriotic Front Catholic Parliamentarians, led by Professor Nkandu Luo to castigate the Zambia Conference of Catholic Bishops (ZCCB) is uncatholic and shameful.
National Democratic Congress (NDC) President Chishimba Kambwili said from time immemorial the Catholic Church has guided its flock and nations through pastoral letters and it was absurd and shameful for the PF MPs to castigate a revered Church epistle for the sole purpose of keeping political power.
Speaking during a joint press conference on Thursday at Community House (Hakainde Hichilema’s residence) Dr Kambwili bemoaned the behaviour of PF MPs calling it uncatholic as it defeats the purpose of wearing a corona.
“The Catholic Church has always guided its flock through pastoral letters and this has been done since time immemorial. I have never seen any reasonable catholic who goes on an anthill and castigate (call for a press conference) the pastoral letter. If you have anything against what the Bishop have said in the pastoral letter, you engage them privately. What you did is an abomination to the Catholic faith,” charged Dr Kambwili.
United Party for National Development president, Hakainde Hichilema commended his alliance partners for bringing out the wrongs the PF is committing in trying to cling on to power and described the statement issued by the catholic Bishops demanding for the withdraw of Bill 10 a wonderful and balanced one.
“I would like to thank my dear colleague for covering the misdemeanours of those two (PF) ministers for dishonouring the credible Catholic Church which has always been there to serve us. In 1990 (at the dawn of Multi-party democracy in Zambia) they (Catholics) were there to save the country from total collapse. And we want to encourage ZCCB and the Catholic flock not to be intimidated by a small group of people existing government very soon,” Mr Hichilema said.
Mr Hichilema called on the Church and its leadership in Zambia to remain strong as the Opposition Alliance was looking forward to its godly guidance.
And Dr Kambwili has since asked the Luo led MPs not to be drunk with stolen money but apologise to ZCCB and the Catholic Church as a whole.
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