BISHOP Simon Chihana has adopted a sacrilegious role of being a merchant of hate and virulent speech against President Edgar Lungu and should quit the pulpit so that he could effectively propagate the propaganda for his pay masters in the opposition political parties, the Patriotic Front (PF) has charged.
PF Lusaka Province youth chairman Kennedy Kamba said Bishop Chihana was nothing but a hired gun serving the interest of the opposition and it was not surprising that he was being used to disparage President Lungu.
Mr Kamba said while the PF was reluctant to comment on the attacks against President by Bishop Chihana, it was regrettable that the man in the collar was being used to propagate hate messages against the leadership of the country.
Bishop Chihana who is International Fellowship of Christian Churches (IFCC) president has embarked on a campaign to malign President Lungu for closely interacting with citizens during the handing over of police houses to the Ministry of Home Affairs.
Bishop Chihana was yesterday quoted in the Post Newspaper demeaning President Lungu by alleging that the Head of State was suffering from midlife crisis, a statement Mr Kamba said had annoyed the PF.
Mr Kamba said the IFCC president was morally incompetent to criticise President Lungu considering that he was just coming from a background of social challenges.
“We are appalled as the PF that Bishop Chihana has accepted to be hired as a merchant of hate speech by his pay masters in the opposition. He has chosen to demean President Lungu who has taken the presidency close to the people he is governing. We expect men of God like Bishop to be preaching peace as the country is going towards the general elections but he has turned himself into hired gun by the opposition to slander President Lungu. It is not morally and religious correct and we are not happy,” Mr Kamba said.
He said Bishop Chihana had a history of choosing to be used for the wrong reasons by politicians and that the IFCC president had become discredited because of his desire to sow seeds of hatred among citizens.
Mr Kamba said the PF was proud to have President Lungu who had proved that he was physically and mentally fit and would be able to energetically govern the country for the next five years after renewing his mandate in the August general elections.
“When President Lungu fell ill, they (opposition) celebrated because in their evil thinking, they thought they had a chance to take over the governance of the country. Now President Lungu has demonstrated that he is as fit as a fiddle, they are maligning and disparaging him. We are aware that Bishop Chihana is not new in such kind of acts but we ecclesiastically ask him to refrain from attacking President and allow him to govern,” Mr Kamba said.