President Edgar Chagwa Lungu (right) during a meeting with Bishop Alick Banda (left) and Archbishop Telesphore Mpundu (centre) at State House on Tuesday,July 25,2017 .PICTURE BY SALIM HENRY/STATE HOUSE ©2017
President Edgar Chagwa Lungu (right) during a meeting with Bishop Alick Banda (left) and Archbishop Telesphore Mpundu (centre) at State House on Tuesday,July 25,2017 .PICTURE BY SALIM HENRY/STATE HOUSE ©2017
Patriots for Economic Progress (PeP) President Sean Enock Tembo has expressed concern regarding the approach that has been adopted by the Catholic Bishops so far in reconciling President Edgar Lungu and the incarcerated opposition leader Hakainde Hichilema.

On 25th July, 2017, the Catholic Bishops advised Zambians to be patient with the process of dialogue as it would take time to mediate and deliver messages between President Lungu at State House and the UPND leader at Mukobeko Correctional Facility.

In a statement unveiled to Pan African Radio news, Tembo said the approach by the bishops is not effective and unlikely to yield the desired results within a reasonable period of time.

Tembo believes that believe that the mediation should be conducted with both parties in the same room and not through a back and forth delivery of messages by their Grace, between Mukobeko and State House.

Tembo has since reiterated his earlier call for President Lungu to consider putting Mr. Hichilema under house arrest so as to facilitate a face to face process of dialogue by the Catholic Bishops.

“President Lungu should consider putting Mr. Hichilema under house arrest so as to facilitate a face to face process of dialogue by the Catholic Bishops” Tembo said

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  1. They were given some brown envelops and threatened to be charged for treason if they denounce Chakolwa Chagwa Kamwendo Kadansa Lungu…lol

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  2. What type of leaders are these who need the church to be involved in everything…this caliber of people we have in govt and opposition should not be aspiring for Public office.

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    • HH is a criminal and not a political suspect. I will appear in court soon. So let the law take its full course. No short circuiting…

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  3. It is just unfortunate that these negotiations are conducted when one is behind bars for unproven charges and one is in the comfort of state house.

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    • What negotiations? HH should just be like me..an ordinary citizen period. Let all prisoners meet the Catholic bishops to arrange a meeting with the Republican president

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  4. These are the first steps the Bishops are making ,then later the house arrest and lastly a face to face discussion if possible. Lets give them time.

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  5. Enock Tembo if that is ur idea why cant you start your own dialogue process? let them finish there idea!!

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  6. Are they going to discuss the helicopter that crashed which was supposed to pick up HH from Mukobeko?

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  7. This just shows Tembo’s ignorance of the mediation process…. This is why at times it is best not to comment on issues beyond your comprehension.

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  8. Catholic Church teinobe..it’s a big organisation indeed they control things..world wide it’s only the Catholic Church that speaks out when things are wrong in countries what about other churches what do they fear? Keep up the spirit ba katolika

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  9. There is time for everything. They will do it when HH is out of custody. It will happen very soon. The only thing is that Katuka must tame his wagging tongue.

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