The Council of Churches in Zambia (CCZ) expressed dismay at the hostility exhibited by the Republican President Michael Sata towards Rev Bishop George Lungu, Catholic Bishop, for allowing prayers for the release of the constitution to be conducted in his diocese.
In a statement released to the media, CCZ said that the attacks were unwarranted, misdirected, uncalled for and an act of intimidation
Below is the full statement.
STATEMENT ON THREATS AGAINST CATHOLIC BISHOP GEORGE LUNGU BY THE REPULICAN PRESIDENT
The Council of Churches in Zambia (CCZ) has noted with dismay the hostility exhibited by the Republican President Michael Sata who issued threats against the Rev Bishop George Lungu, Catholic Bishop, for allowing prayers for the release of the constitution to be conducted in his diocese.
These attacks are unwarranted, misdirected, uncalled for and an act of intimidation. CCZ would like to support the stand taken by Bishop Lungu to allow for prayers on the release of the constitution to be conducted at one of his parishes as this is the path that the church has taken, to take the constitutional issues to the pulpit.
Let it be known that this campaign for a people driven constitution will continue until the Zambian people give unto themselves a new constitution that will improve the way our country is governed by those we elect into political office.
The church cannot standby and let the poor people of Zambia continue to wallow in abject poverty in the midst of all the God give resources we have in the nation which are befitting only a few because of lack of proper governance structures.
CCZ would like to make a gentle reminder to the President that an attack on one faithful servant of God is an attack on the entire body of Christ.
A new constitution is amust and the church will not rest until those whom we have put in office hear the voices of the people in Zambia. This, we believe, is not too much to ask of our own government.
The church leaders who are advocating for the release of a new constitution have no political ambitions, but are instead drawing their authority from their God given mandate to speak for the silent majority.
CCZ is therefore calling upon President Michael Sata to do the right thing and that is to give Zambians their constitution sooner than later.
Rev Dr Alfred Kalembo
PRESIDENT -COUNCIL OF CHURCHES IN ZAMBIA