Catholic priest Politician Frank Bwalya says he would not arrest those practicing homosexuality if he is elected Zambian republican President.
Fr Bwalya said he would respect homosexuals saying this was in line with the Catholic Church which prescribed respect for every individual.
The clergyman-cum politician said this when he addressed journalists in Johannesburg, South Africa at the invitation of Open Society Initiative of South Africa (OSISA) yesterday.
“I will not arrest homosexuals but respect them if I was given an opportunity to run the country,” he said.
The former Zesco Board chairperson admitted that he had no idea on how to run a country and would rely on advisors if he was allowed to govern as President of Zambia in 2016.
Fr Bwalya also said he accepted to serve as chairman of Zesco Board because he wanted to have access to President Michael Sata but was left disappointed after failing to achieve his objective.
[pullquote]I have no idea on how to run a country but I have an idea on who has an idea on how to run the country[/pullquote]
“I have no idea on how to run a country but I have an idea on who has an idea on how to run the country. Therefore, my role will be to identify the right advisors who will be able to help me,” Fr Bwalya who was accompanied by his personal assistant, Emmanuel Chilekwa said.
The 44-year-old said the current political leadership in Zambia had failed to identify appropriate people and experts who would be able to advise the President.
Fr Bwalya recently resigned and announced he was forming his own political party – Alliance for Better Zambia – after getting frustrated with the alleged failure by Mr Sata’s government to honour the campaign promises.
He has been on rampage discrediting the PF government in the recent past although he has been accused of overrating himself in some quarters while the PF labeled him “a frustrated man after feeling under-rewarded by the PF.”
He confirmed yesterday that he had asked for an education scholarship from Mr Sata in November last year but was not given and he had not seen the President since then although the impression in Zambia was that he dined with him on a weekly basis.
He said Mr Sata had turned against his own promise before the 2011 elections on many issues including the fight against corruption and time had come for Zambians to be liberated by the new generation of politicians.
[pullquote]PF was currently afraid of everything and had now resorted to use the police and other State institutions to intimidate the perceived enemies[/pullquote]
He justified his decision to join politics from the civil society saying politicians had always ignored any amount of pressure from Non-Government Organisations and time had come for him to join the platform.
“We have talked for a long time and politicians are not listening to any advice or pressure from NGOs unless such pressure is in their favour,” he said.
He accused the Head of State of deliberately causing parliamentary by-elections by coercing the opposition Members of Parliament to join the ruling party a situation which resulted into unprecedented number of by-elections.
Fr Bwalya claimed the PF was currently afraid of everything and had now resorted to use the police and other State institutions to intimidate the perceived enemies.
He said while he was not against old people in Cabinet, he had been angered by the fact that President Sata had started employing people who were accused of corruption in the MMD administration.
[Times of Zambia]