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People may lose confidence in the fight against corruption-Catholic Priest

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Chingola Catholic Priest Rev. Fr. Martin Chama Bwalya has said people may lose confidence in the fight against corruption owing to arrests that are not leading to convictions.

Some stakeholders have questioned the crusade against corruption amid acquittals of some suspects.

Activist and musician Pilato this week said: “The fight against corruption that does not lead to convictions is nothing but a mockery to the people of Zambia.”

Pilato’s written comment came in the wake of the Constitutional Court’s ruling that stopped all criminal prosecution proceedings involving former Konkola Copper Mines provisional liquidator Milingo Lungu.

In his recent sermon during Mass at Kapisha Catholic Church in Chingola, Fr. Bwalya wondered if law enforcement agencies know what they are doing by making arrests that are not going anywhere.

Fr. Bwalya, the Parish Priest of Resurrection Catholic Church, observed that law enforcement agencies are rushing to make arrests before concretising cases.

He further preached on the amicable resolution of disputes in families, churches and the nation at large.

“Acts that come from our hearts will make us good sons and daughters of God. Therefore, we ask that we pray without ceasing as we see a lot of cases in our country. Mulemona ukutila umuntu baikata mailo bamulekeko. Bapoka ifi lelo, mailo bamubwesesha (today they seize someone’s’ property tomorrow they are given back). Nomba abantu limo baletwishika ukutila bushe aba bantu nabeshiba eco balechita (Now people are asking if these people know what they are doing). Bushe professionalism epo ili? Ukutila ati umulandu tamulausanga mwaikata umuntu, pantu ebupilibulo bwalaisa mukulekelesha tefyo? Mwaikata umuntu mailo mwamulekako, nefipe mwamubwesesha. Nomba abantu kwipusha ati ninishi mwachimwikatila? What is the reason? What is in our courts? Ii court yapingula ifi, ii yapingula ici. Ifyapusana pusana. Nomba ninshi twalalola kwi? Confidence. Abantu balalusa confidence,” Fr. Bwalya preached.

He further highlighted the importance of basing conflict resolution on the word of God.

“My parent’s disputes arise in our families, places of work and Churches. Today we are being shown ways of settling disputes peacefully. Sometimes we need to listen to one another. Let us give chance to hear from each other. When you have disputes give each other time. Be silent. Mothers and father learn to listen to God to be good leaders even in homes. When Peter and James are faced with a dispute they remembered how God walked with them and His wisdom. This helped them to settle the debate. We have been told that God looks at our hearts. Our sincerity and goodness should start from our hearts. It is not about traditions of who has been circumcised or not or who are the chosen ones,” he said.

He added:”So tulelomba ukusalika pa maka nalimo mumafunde yonse ayapangwa Constitution foundation ni Bible. All the laws that we have made Bible are the basis. If the word of God is the centre for bringing the common good then we will find what we seek and our leadership will be good.Jesus Christ in the Gospel says abide in me. Sometimes we are not connected to Jesus Christ. This is the reason we feel lifeless in times of trouble. When we abide in Jesus our challenges will be light.”

Lusaka Resident Magistrate Albert Mwaba this week set aside the Warrant of Seizure of properties belonging to former Lusaka Province Minister Bowman Lusambo on account that it is an abuse of court process as there was a Restriction Notice which was already in place on the same properties.

But the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) has insisted that it is still in control of the properties of former Lusaka Province Minister Bowman Lusambo situated in Chamba Valley by way of the Restriction Notice which is in force.

In a statement released to the media, ACC said that the Restriction Notice is still in force as there has been no decision of any competent court to reverse or vary it, adding that the Commission is dissatisfied with the ruling of the Court to set aside the Warrant of Seizure as provided under the Anti-Corruption Act no. 3 of 2012 subsection 58(1).

27 COMMENTS

  1. People may lose their confidence in the fight against corruption, yes, but they have lost the confidence in the catholic church a LOT LONGER! All those priests with legacies against children gone unpunished, I would stay in church and remain quiet, VERY QUIET!

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    • The fight is very much on course, much as the plunderers covered their tracks so well, law enforcement agencies are working. Zebras will be returned to the national parks. where they belong

  2. You say might, but the situation is that it has already happened. As a strategist I can tell you that especially genuine upnd members have lost confidence in hh and these are people who call me every day to apologise for the mistakes that they made in August last year. Another problem upnd has is deflecting their problems to the person raising them e.g read the comment from no corruption

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    • Chief Lies Officer at it again, the same non productive propaganda used before the August 12 drubbing. Keep mourning. No body has lost confidence in any thing

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  3. Part of the tribal supremacists………..

    Even the corrupted supposed men of God are enlisted in supporting and protecting corruption….

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  4. The Catholic priest has a point because of the delays in sending people to jail since this is what the public wants to see.. However, Not everyone in PF cabinet was a thief. . I challenge you that we had men and women of integrity amongst ministers such as Charles Banda, Edify Hamukale, Nkandu Luo, Wanchinga, Olipah Phiri and Malozo Sichone.
    Bwana these were more honest, clean and patriotic than UPND’s holy privileged hypocrites and cowards such as Satnley Kakubo, Garry Nkombo, Collins Nzovu and the likes of Ps Muhanga.

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  5. It’s important to fight corruption because corruption deprives the nation of equitable development. But to use selectively in order to get at perceived enemies is against natural justice and will have Domino effect of perpetual vengeance. Let’s arrest the suspect in a normal way not like you rehearsing for a television reality show. Arrest Lusambo without drama.

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  6. “So tulelomba ukusalika pa maka nalimo mumafunde yonse ayapangwa Constitution foundation ni Bible. All the laws that we have made Bible are the basis. If the word of God is the centre for bringing the common good then we will find what we seek and our leadership will be good……”
    That’s where your FOCUS SHOULD BE, IN ENSURING THAT, THE PEOPLE OF ZAMBIA ARE BINDING BY THE LAW OF THE BIBLE. HOW DO YOU CHANGE THESE HYPOCRITES, WHO SUNDAY, THEY`RE HUMBLE & GOD-FEARING, COME MONDAY THEY CHANGE INTO POMPWEES?
    Please, STOP comments like “…….. people may lose confidence in the fight against corruption……..”, THIS COMMENT, COULD BE INTERPRETED AS POLITICAL. I urge CLERGYMEN, Stop uttering political sentences !!!

  7. General kanene I find your comment very insulting as a shareholder of lusaka times. Go to watchdog and see if they will post a single comment that opposes your god hh

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  8. Isnt this the Catholic Priest who was with Bowman last Sunday? He must have recieved a fat brown package

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  9. @3 Spaka
    Am seriously waiting for the day your perceived small god HH is out of office and a someone else takes over….will see if you will have the same zeal of cult worshiping him….you so bent on looking at someone’s tribe…thats backwards mentality..this is 2022 my dear friend….shake your tribal sentiments out of useless bongo bongo…and for tribal bigots like Spaka….a criminal is either a Bemba or Easterner..

  10. Please continue speaking for the people.Pungwa is destroying the country.He can’t be taking Chilufya tayali to Lukulu.He should be ashemed .Pungwa is a thief who still chicks when the hern is trying to protect them.Nothing special about Pungwa. Let him just concentrate on developing the nation.he has no where to sonta this pungwa

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  11. MOST HAVE LOST CONIFENDENCE IN THE CHURCH
    LETS SPEAK ABOUT THAT FOR A CHANGE
    PASTORS ARE RIPPING OFF THEIR CONGREGATIONS !!
    NOW THE CATHOLIC PRIESTS DOING THE SAME
    YOU LOT SHOULD FIRST LEARN TO KEEP YOUR ZIPS UP !!

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  12. The Father/Priest would have gone further and reminded his congregation about the children of Isreal’ journey from Africa/Kemet/Egypt. Some wanted to go back into captivity after doubting Moses’ capabilities and his God. There will always be doughters ans detractors but the fight will go on. Many crimes date back to 2011. We need to rebuild ZP, DEC and ACC to fight corruption affectively. Its going to time because we are following the Law.

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  13. We are not loosing any confidence in the fight against the plunder fight because they are no acquittals currently, the fight is on course, these are white collar crimes which require a lot of tact, and patience. So just propagate salvation messages and not things that you are not familiar with

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  14. 1MPOSTER I find your comment very insulting as a shareholder of lusaka times. KIKI
    YOU ARE THE EXACT OPPOSITE POSTING PRAISE FOR YOU LOSER ECL
    REMEMBER WHAT GOES AROUND COMES AROUND

  15. From the beginning I never believed PUNGWA could fight corruption becaiuse he’s a product of it. He ascended to the throne through corruption.
    New Dawn is a failed project and the rate we’re moving at BMW will exit office worse than ECL. NIPANO TULI!!!

  16. Misinformation spreads fast and is damaging as attempts at repair tends to stall with doubtful acceptance. Confidence loss in this corruption fight is already far gone into the lows as while arrests end at nothing, also doing the rounds is fake news on the behind the scenes deals being struck between suspects and the investigation wings and announced cases disappear from public domain.

  17. People should know that HH is not the Police or Judiciary. He as allowed the institutions to function. Unfortunately there are no shortcuts in justice. Even those yapping here will soon go quiet when their cases come. Wait. The dockets are there and its just a matter of time.

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