Patriotic Front (PF) Media Director Sunday Chanda has advised that both Government and the party are studying the statement by the church bodies.
In a notice made available to the media today the 16th June, 2017, Mr Chanda said that a response will be issued at an appropriate time and advised PF officials to refrain from commenting on this matter in the Media.
Council of Churches in Zambia (CCZ), the Zambia Conference of Catholic Bishops (ZCCB) and the Evangelical Fellowship in Zambia (EFZ) held a joint media briefing at Lusaka’s kapingila house today and demanded the release of Mr. Hichilema forthwith.
Three church mother bodies in Zambia noted that the country now eminently qualifies to be branded a dictatorship under the leadership of President Edgar Lungu.
However, Patriotic Front (PF) Chasefu Member of Parliament Gerald Zimba has castigated the three Church Mother bodies for demanding that the Opposition UPND leader Hakainde Hichilema should be released immediately.
Chasefu Member of Parliament Gerald Zimba described the three Church Mother bodies as disgruntled church leaders.
Chasefu lawmaker said it was shameful indeed that the church mother bodies have never taken time to seek an audience with the UPND members and their President Hakainde Hichilema for peace and harmony and advising the UPND to accept the legitimacy of President Edgar Lungu as Republican President because that is where all the mess in Zambia is emanating from.
Zimba stated that the named three mother bodies have never had the audacity to publicly condemn the UPND on their actions regarding the motorcade saga and it was unwise for them today to parade themselves in front of the UPND with a tailored speech alleging that the country is currently turning into a dictatorship and quoting verses that suit them.
“Disgruntled church leaders! Shame indeed. These chaps have never taken time to seek an audience with UPND and its president to sensor them on accepting the legitimacy of President Edgar C Lungu as Republican president”
“This is where all this mess is emanating from. They haven’t publicly condemned the UPND on their actions regarding the motorcade saga and today they parade themselves in front of the UPND with a tailored speech that the country is turning into a dictatorship and quoting verses that suit them, what about ‘respect the government of the day as they have been appointed by God?” Mr Zimba asked