Reverend Godfridah Sumaili the Minister in charge of Religious affairs in Zambia has denied issuing a statement that threatens and demeans Church leaders that criticized President Edgar Lungu and his Government.
The church leaders of the three Church Mother Bodies namely: the Council of Churches in Zambia (CCZ), the Evangelical Fellowship of Zambia (EFZ) and the Zambia Conference of Catholic Bishops (ZCCB) said they were saddened at the continued state of political tension in the country and the blatant lack of political will by leaders to address the root causes of what is obtaining.
In a statement read by Zambia Conference of Catholic Bishops (ZCCB) president Archbishop Telesphore Mpundu the three Church Mother Bodies condemned the arrest of opposition UPND leader Mr. Hakainde Hichilema and termed Zambia as a rising dictatorship.
The Church leaders also claimed that President Edgar Lungu has refused to meet them so that they can chat the way forward on the current tension emanating from political differences of the countrys largest two political parties and demanded that President Edgar Lungu Immediately releases Mr. Hichilema whom they say was arrested on trumped up charges of Treason.
On Saturday a statement purporting to have come from Reverend Sumaili and circulating on social media claimed that the Minister condemned the Church leaders for holding such a press briefing and that her Ministry would soon take punitive action against the Catholic Church who allegedly have led a crusade against President Edgar Lungu and his Government and other Churches that are not following the PF doctrine.
In response the Minister says such a statement has been issued by enemies of Zambia’s peace as she has not said anything about the Church Leader’s sentiments issued yesterday.
Reverend Sumaili says individuals who are spreading such falsehoods are coming from unpatriotic citizens who have no regard for future generations of the country.