Church, civil society against Sata’s alleged gay rights, secular State crusade
The Church, civil society and the labour movement have condemned Patriotic Front (PF) leader Michael Sata for allegedly engaging some diplomats to support his presidential bid on condition that he recognises homosexuality and takes Zambia back to a secular State if elected.
And Forum for Leadership Search (FLS) executive director Edwin Lifwekelo has disclosed that some envoys that have held meetings with Mr Sata revealed to the civil society that the core objective of their discussion was to promote gay rights in Zambia.
Council of Churches in Zambia secretary general, Susanne Matale said in Lusaka yesterday that Zambia and the Church believed in the sanctity of marriage between man and woman, which is enshrined in the Constitution.
“It is a hard road to take because Zambia and the Church believe in the sanctity of marriage between a man and a woman,” Reverend Matale said.
Bishops Council of Zambia spokesperson Gibson Nyirenda said it was wrong for Mr Sata to champion secularism and gay rights in his discussions with some diplomats.Reverend Nyirenda said the Western world want to champion wrong things in Zambia for their personal interests and advised Zambians not to condone such manoeuvres.
Federation of Free Trade Unions of Zambia president Joyce Nonde-Simukoko said the federation was disturbed by the alleged manoeuvers by Western countries to promote gay rights in Zambia.
“We are fully aware that the Mungo’mba Constitutional Review Commission travelled throughout Zambia and petitioners unanimously opposed this practice and instead promoted the declaration of Zambia as a Christian nation.
“Homosexuality was considered as unnatural and a misfortune which should not be entertained at all in Zambia,” Ms Simukoko said.
Evangelical Youth Alliance International president Moses Lungu urged Zambians to condemn any attempts to turn Zambia into a secular State and to legalise homosexuality.
Leadership In Development executive director, Moses Kalonde expressed sadness that Mr Sata was meeting diplomats over gay rights and secularism matters.
And Mr Lifwekelo maintained that Ms Sata was meeting some diplomats over issues of gay rights and reverting Zambia back to a secular State.
“We cannot disclose the names of our informers but let us stress here that our sources are from the same diplomats that have met Mr Sata.”
[ Times of Zambia ]