THE CATHOLIC Bishops in charge of reconciliation between President Edgar Chagwa Lungu and opposition leader Hakainde Hichilema say they have merely sown the seeds in the ground and it is too soon to tell if the process will bear desired fruits.
Speaking to journalists shortly after Catholic Archbishop Telesphore Mpundu and Alick Banda held a meeting with President Lungu this morning following their meeting with Hichilema last week, Archbishop Mpundu asked journalists to be a little patient noting that the process has had some ups and downs.
ZCCB president Telesphore Mpundu said that Bishops have heard both President Lungu and Mr. Hichilema’s sides and that the nation will updated on the progress.
“We went to hear one side and we brought what we heard from him to the President and now we came to convey what we heard from him (Hichilema) to the President,” Archbishop Mpundu said.
“There is no conclusion, we are just beginning. The process has its own ups and downs but hopefully the ups and downs are going up so we will see after some time whether we have made progress or not. We can not pre-empt now when we have just started. You are being too impatient. We have just put seeds in the soil and you are waiting for it to be harvested.”
He added that the role of the Catholic Bishops was to be mediators of communication between the two leaders.
And National Guidance Minister Godfridah Sumaili has thanked the church for the role they have have chosen to support dialogue.
She encouraged all other churches to additionally pray for peace and unity in the nation.
“It is a process and we have to allow the process to take its course.What is important is something is being done,” she said.
“And to all the churches out there I want to encourage them to pray for peace in our nation, unity and also to use their pulpits to talk their congregants about the importance of patriotism, loving our nation. And the importance of being One Zambia, One Nation.”