FORMER republican President Frederick Chiluba has urged Zambians to ignore United States of America-based Zambian clergyman Edward Chomba’s denunciation of the declaration of Zambia as a Christian nation because he is a fraudster.
And chief Government spokesperson Ronnie Shikapwasha has said Zambians should pay no attention to Bishop Chomba because he is a fake clergyman.
Dr Chiluba said Bishop Chomba is not a credible representative of the clergy because he was ex-communicated from the Church ‘for his immoral and dishonest conduct.’
He said this in a statement issued by his spokesperson Emmanuel Mwamba in Lusaka on April 1.
“The so called Bishop Chomba is officially married to five women in South Africa, Malawi, USA and recently Nigeria.
Owing to the scandalous nature of the life of Bishop Chomba, it is imperative that Zambia takes precautions towards fraudsters who will besiege it during this sensitive period of elections,” Dr Chiluba said.
Bishop Chomba on April 1 told Radio Pheonix’s ‘Let The People Talk’ programme that Zambia should never have been declared a Christian nation because Government was allegedly presided over by corrupt politicians.
He said the politicians did not consult the Church before making the declaration.
But Dr Chiluba said Bishop Chomba is an impostor and hypocrite who was excommunicated from the Church in 2007 by Arch-bishop Timothy Paul Baymon.
Arch-bishop Baymon is the Arch-bishop of the International Communion of the Holy Christian Orthodox Church and President of the World Bishops Council.
The former head of State said the Church should not allow people such as Bishop Chomba to masquerade as members of the clergy in Zambia and use the platform to champion dangerous causes.
“We call upon the clergy to scrutinise and root out impostors like Mr Edward Chomba so that people know that he does not represent any church in Zambia or the USA as reported by some sections of the media,” he said.
And Lieutenant-General Shikapwasha said in an interview in Lusaka on April 1 that Bishop Chomba is fake because he was excommunicated from the Church in 2007 for immoral conduct.
“Edward Chomba is not a bishop, and he is misleading the public because he was excommunicated in the USA in 2007. So, he has no right to talk about Government and about the declaration of Zambia as a Christian nation,” he said.
Gen. Shikapwasha, who is also Minister of Information and Broadcasting Services, said Bishop Chomba does not qualify to be a clergyman because he is married to five women.
He said Mr Chomba was ex-communicated by International Communion of the Holy Christian Orthodox Church arch-bishop Timothy Paul Baymon.
Meanwhile, KANYANTA KATONGO reports that Committee of Citizens executive director Gregory Chifire has said Zambians should not take Bishop Chomba seriously because he is not credible.
Mr Chifire said Bishop Chomba should come out in the open and declare his political ambitions instead of misleading Zambians.
He said in an interview in Lusaka on April 1 that Bishop Chomba is not a true Christian leader because he is married to five women.
“Bishop Chomba should tell the nation about his relationship with Patriotic Front (PF) president Michael Sata, who allegedly gives him money,” he said.
He said Bishop Chomba should join Mr Sata in PF and stop hiding in the Church.
Mr Chifire said Bishop Chomba’s remarks were uncalled for.
[Zambia Daily Mail]