FORMER president, Frederick Chiluba has warned young politicians who are insulting President Rupiah Banda that they are cursing themselves and risk ruining their political careers.
Dr Chiluba said in Kitwe that young people who were insulting President Banda were going against the teachings of the Bible on respecting old people and would reap what they were sowing.
Speaking on Sunday at Living Water Global Ministries Church in Kitwe, Dr Chiluba said those who were insulting people who were old enough to be their parents should not blame anybody for the bad luck that they could encounter in their lives.
He said the country would only receive God’s blessings if the people embraced dialogue and followed the teachings of God.
He said it was imperative that Zambians should embark on reconciliation for the country to continue receiving blessings from God.
“In the Bible, we are told to respect our parents. When we are told to respect our parents, it does not mean that only our biological fathers and mothers alone but all those who are old enough to be our father or mother.
“Those who are insulting President Banda are just cursing themselves because they are going against the teachings of the Bible, which talks about respecting our parents,” he said.
Dr Chiluba urged the Government to strengthen its relationship with Israel because it was a blessed country and Zambia stood to benefit a lot from the good relationship of the two countries.
He said when he became Republican president, he restored the relationship between Zambia and Israel because the Middle East country was a blessed state.
He said God had used him to restore Zambia’s relationship with Israel and it was imperative that the present Government strengthened the existing ties.
“I restored the relationship with Israel because I knew that Israel was a blessed nation. Just after restoring the relationship with Israel, the shortages of essential commodities like sugar, mealie meal and others came to an end,” he said.
Dr Chiluba said he was happy that people had appreciated his decision to sell houses to sitting tenants and that he did not regret having made such a decision.
He said he could not imagine what life would have been for retirees and retrenchees if he had listened to those who were against selling houses to sitting tenants.
“The mines were in Zambia and the people who were working in the mines that had produced the money to build the houses were Zambians and so, it was just fair that I sold them houses so that they could benefit,” he said.
Steven Mwakibinga said the sale of houses to sitting tenants and the coming up of many churches were some of the good things that Dr Chiluba did for the country.
Pastor Mwakibinga said it was good that following Dr Chiluba’s declaration of Zambia as a Christian nation, a lot of churches came up.
He said it was good that President Banda also wanted Zambia to remain as a Christian nation, and urged other Zambians to support the declaration of Zambia a Christian nation.
[Times of Zambia]