Evangelical Fellowship of Zambia executive director Pukuta Mwanza follows proceedings during the meeting to demand for the release of the draft Zambia constitution
Evangelical Fellowship of Zambia executive director Pukuta Mwanza follows proceedings during the meeting to demand for the release of the draft Zambia constitution

The church has expressed sadness with some media reports about individuals who have started expressing interest to run for presidency in the Patriotic Front (PF).

Evangelical Fellowship of Zambia (EFZ) says although the interested persons are free to exercise their democratic right to vie for any public office, the levels of interests are shocking.

EFZ executive director Pukuta Mwanza said he was disappointed with the timing at which these interests were being displayed noting that it showed disrespect to the late President Michael Sata.

Rev. Mwanza has since called on the PF to immediately address the problem of alleged power and succession wrangles so as to allow the late President to be put to rest in a dignified manner.

In a statement made available to ZANIS in Lusaka today, he appealed to the acting President Guy Scott to exercise restraint in decisions being undertaken particularly within the ruling party.

Meanwhile, Rev. Mwanza has noted that the sending of messages of condolences by leaders of different political parties on the death of President Sata demonstrates patriotism and maturity.

He said Zambians must unit during and after the national mourning period thereby forming a firm foundation for peaceful political campaigns once the election date is announced.

In the past few hours, there have been squabbles in the ruling party with acting President Guy Scott firing PF secretary general Edgar Lungu from his position and reinstating him in less than one day.

And the Zambia Episcopal Conference (ZEC) has appealed to political leaders to be prudent in their speech to avoid heightening the levels of tension in the country.

ZEC secretary general Cleophas Lungu said any attempts to gain political mileage were surely ill-timed, unZambian and unChristian.

Fr. Lungu said in a statement to ZANIS in Lusaka today that Zambians should be sensitive to the needs and feelings of the bereaved family.

And Fr. Lungu has appealed to Zambians to remain calm, respectful and peaceful as the nation continues to mourn the late President Michael Sata.

He said the nation should maintain calmness as it prepares to give President Sata a dignified send off.

Fr. Lungu expressed hope that as a peace loving and God fearing people, Zambians shall endeavor to avoid any acts of violence and politicking during the mourning period.

President Sata died last week on Tuesday in London where he was receiving medical treatment.

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  1. Whoever is influencing Guy needs to know that Zambia is and will always be larger than them,yes we know that they need their hand in the corridors of power but timing is all it takes,Zambians are not fools to be taken for a ride,especially during this period.

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    • I think the majority of zambians know Guy Scott is the right man if we attract investment from the West, his influence is priceless

      If you want to be like SOuth Africa economy wise, Guy is your man, if you want to go like Zimbabwe Lungu/HH are your men.

      The choice is yours people

      Thanks

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    • Scot and his mentor kabimba are so obssessed with power,,, i never seen a successful relationship between a pig and monkey,,, now pig scot is feeling heat from kambwili, GBM and the group ,,, and monkey kabimba is high in the tree branches safe from the barbed wire and knives about skin the pig Scot

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  2. Ba PUkuta naimwe! kupyana na ishambo lya mfwa before burial?,,, take a breath pastor or whatever your title

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  3. This is NOT NEWS , Everyone knows that we have to respect the dead, but POWER STRUGGLES MUST continue because , ONCE PEOPLE go back to their respective places, who will BACK EDGAR LUNGU or GBM or Father bwalya. Its common in Zambia during a funeral in our respective areas to quarrel, fight and so on cos. after burial people scamper to their home towns we, only meet mu fililo BANE.

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  4. The Chaos taking place in PF is Sata’s own doing. He had a million chances of making things right in his party and in the country but he failed big time. The truth is it does not make a difference whether they fight for the position on 1/11/14 or 11/11/14.

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  5. IT IS VERY COMFORTING THA MEN OF GOD ARE ARISING TO TAKE CHARGE OF THIS CHAOTIC SITUATION. BRAVO BISHOP BANDA, LUNG AND MWANZA. THE CHURCH HAS TO TAKE TOTAL CONTROL, SHOW LEADERSHIP AND CALL ON THE NATION TO PRAY FERVENTLY.

    IT MAY BE A GOOD IDEA TO CALL FOR ALL-NITE PRAYER MEETINGS FOR THIS FRIDAY AND LET THE SENIOR BISHOPS IN THE LAND. LEAD THESE PRAYERS.

    PLEASE LET GOD REIGN. IF WE LEAVE THIS PROCESS TO GUYSCOTT, IT WILL BE CHAOTIC AS WE CAN ALREADY SEE. HE IS A PUPPET ON THE STRINGS BEING PULLED BY NCHITO, MMEMBE AND KABIMBA.

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  6. Mushota you seem to be confused. I’m not suprised you have a brain of dinosour.

    On seriously note, Scott has this shadow support from clandistine team, who can not come out in the open to support him unlike Lungu or ABC, Mulenga Sata etc. After burial Scott will see red

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  7. Bana muyamba beka Scot.Why did they start holding meetings at midnight calling Lungu to stand when Scott had said no meetings whatsoever.Did you expect him to stay put?,mind you Scott is a Zambian by birth ,he did not choose to be born here in Zambia,just like you did not choose to be born as Bemba,Tonga,Lozi,Ngoni,Chewa and so on.The question I have to all those saying why didn’t Sata leave Scott as the acting President whenever he was out? and why didn’t Sata appoint a ‘Black’ Zambian as Vice President?.Unless you can answer these questions then you can criticize Scott,but for now!! ,well I guess its punch for punch.

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    • @petroda, I agree with you. They are crying foul and claiming we should mourn in peace. They were testing him. Sata knew the constitution and thats why he did not appoint any of the to VEEP position. They thought he was toothless, and were deeply shaken when he acted thats when they realised that he can bit. They became indisplined was Sata became sick.

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  8. GBM – corrupt, hustler, hard worker, aggressive, brave (often clashed with the Late),
    Kambwilli – corrupt, incompetent, bully, greedy, insecure, brave, (Cape verd, sinozam, nkana, unza, etc )
    Chikwanda – corrupt, puppet master, smart ………… (did some good with the mining royalties)
    Mr industrial clusters (Sichinga) – corrupt, smart, (where are the industrial clusters?)
    Lungu – weak, puppet, but ambitious, smart ….
    What do they all have in common?
    Say Lungu is elected, The individuals above will be in control of Zambia, they will be free to loot the country (The late President may his soul rest in peace had them under leash).

    Vote wisely and no complaining when they start looting the country once again

    Why was lungu fired?? Who was responsible for the riots???The…

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  9. I put all this fracas at the grave of Michael Sata. He crested this problem because like it or not Pf was personal property. He ensured structures were flimsy to his pleasure. I wonder when pipo praise sata as though he was good leadrr. He wss not! The man wss a ruler. That is why the position of Secretary general was an appointment instead of an elective position. And this confusion has spilled over being his death. There was no such confusion when mwanawasa died. I dont want to say MAY HIS SOUL REST IN PEACE. Because IT WONT!

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  10. (“Zambian copper is among three other African natural resources exploited in illicit financial flows amounting to a total of 57.9 per cent, according to the 2014 Millennium Development Goals report”. ) These are serious issues that need to be addressed not Cho chise.

    Will Lungu and his puppet masters handle these insues? This wont happen under Scott why? the system looks after its own (SA). The bigger picture should be at play here (my personal view).

    The interest of Zambians should always come first …..

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  11. @10,Petroda !!
    Great contribution indeed.
    Edgar (Who is ‘neutral’ for he doesnt belong to ‘A’ or ‘B’) is just a pon.
    Sata CONNED HIS FELLOW BEMBAs why didnt he appoint any of them to take the position of SG ?

    God is SO WISE IN WHAT HE DOES. You will c how politics will change in Zambia !!
    God is GREAT oh!!!.

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  12. You are right clergy, peace shall be there but only to the extent that the Guy behaves himself. How can your first action as acting president be to provoke an emotional people by firing a senior national leader during the funeral of the very person who appointed him? What was the hurry all about, the cartel?

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  13. wait for the burial of my beloved president HEMCS then it will be LUBINDA FOR presidency .Guy Scort i thought he was the right person now have just discovered that is just a white P””””’G.

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