THE MMD has warned Catholic Church bishop Paul Duffy against inciting the people of Western Province to rise against Government.
Acting national secretary Chembe Nyangu said in an interview in Lusaka on March 8 Bishop Duffy’s allegations that Government has done nothing for the people of Western Province are unfounded.
He said Bishop Duffy’s statement has shown how ignorant he is on development taking place in Western Province.
Mr Nyangu was reacting to Bishop Duffy’s remarks in The Post newspaper of March 8 that the people of Western Province must vote the ruling MMD out because of the alleged high poverty levels and underdevelopment in the area.
Mr Nyangu described Bishop Duffy’s remarks as unfortunate because Government has not neglected the people of Western Province, and it is doing everything possible to raise their living standards.
“We, as a party which was formed or founded on the principles of democracy, feel offended and wish to register our deepest disappointment with the statement attributed to Bishop Duffy in The Post that the MMD should be voted out because it has failed to take development to Western Province.
“Fr Duffy’s remarks are very dangerous because he is inciting the people of Western Province to rise against this democratically elected Government,” he said.
Mr Nyangu said it is absurd that some Church leaders have continued to incite Zambians to rise against a democratically elected government instead of preaching peace and unity in the country in line with their calling of promoting unity and reconciliation.
He said it is sad that Bishop Duffy has decided to be an enemy of the MMD government instead of appreciating the efforts that the party is putting in to promote peace and reconciliation with the church and among the Zambian people.
[Zambia Daily Mail]