Saturday, February 24, 2024

Catholic Archbishops Banda and Mpundu meet with Former President Lungu to dispel church division rumours

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Former President Edgar Lungu had a cordial meeting with Catholic Archbishop of Lusaka Dr Alick Banda and Emeritus Archbishop Telesphore Mpundu at his residence in Lusaka yesterday. The meeting, which lasted for a few hours, involved an exchange of notes on various national and spiritual matters.

In an interview after the meeting, Archbishop Dr Banda stated that the three leaders had a productive meeting, where they exchanged views on various issues affecting the nation. He further noted that church leaders are also national leaders and they must work together to address issues affecting the country.

Archbishop Dr Banda also expressed his happiness at meeting with Emeritus Archbishop Mpundu to dispel rumours and innuendos that the church was divided. He stated that the meeting helped to show that they were one church and one leadership.

Archbishop Mpundu also described the meeting as being brotherly, and he emphasized that the church’s mandate is to stand with and speak for the voiceless in the Christian community. He reiterated the church’s commitment to serve the community, noting that they must work together to address issues affecting the country.

Former President Lungu, who expressed his humbleness to be in the midst of “the two holy men,” stated that he sought counsel and guidance in his retirement. He noted that he enjoyed the company of Emeritus Archbishop Mpundu last week and was grateful for the opportunity to meet with both holy men yesterday.

Meanwhile, the President of the Socialist Party in Zambia, Fred M’membe, has expressed his concerns over what he called the government’s “targeting for destruction” of pillars that hold society together. In a statement issued on Sunday, M’membe warned that the government’s actions could have severe consequences for the country.

According to M’membe, the government has targeted Catholic Church leaders, relatively influential politicians, and civil society activists for “neutralization or destruction” since late 2021. He expressed concern that the government’s actions could lead to the deterioration of the country’s social fabric.

“The only sure way of getting the best or positive results is by doing the right things; delivering the essential services needed by our people and giving them a better and happier life,” M’membe said. He added that eliminating individuals or sending opponents to jail or early graves does not improve the living conditions of the people.

M’membe also expressed fears that the government was turning tyrannical and becoming a killing machine. “The ending of tyrants is always the same. They say those who live or rule by the sword perish by it,” he warned.

The Socialist Party President called on the government to focus on delivering essential services to the people and improving their lives instead of targeting individuals and groups that are critical of its policies. He also urged the government to respect human rights and uphold the rule of law.

19 COMMENTS

  1. The former Post staff can’t access their money because you, Mr. Meembe, didn’t remit the cash to NAPSA. What exactly happened to the money you deducted from their salaries? You can’t be a good leader if you steal from the poor to advance your agenda.
    I believe a good leader should show good examples to the public. Many former workers were not paid their monies while you pretended to care for them! That log in your eye says a lot about your character. You don’t need to be a Republican President in order to do good.

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    • When the previous government brought this out, they were accused of political persecution. Mmembe became complacent because of his closeness to the late Mwanawasa and Michael Sata. He brought down Rupiah Banda on behalf of Michael Sata. He throughout campaigned against Lungu. It’s a pity you just seeing his misdeeds late in the day.

    • I think it is not true to say that Post Newspaper will not get their Napsa benefits. It is not the job of employees to ensure that their employers remit the their contribution to NAPSA. Therefore, they are protected at law. All this talk about the Post Newspaper former employees is just being a story being pushed by UPND and their supporters.

    • @ Mukame it doesn’t work like that. As long as the company did not remit, it means you never remitted. Whose money will you be paid when all monies in the pension scheme have owners?

  2. Those who think ECL wants a come back are fishing in a wrong lake. As a former president there will be people who would like to see him for various reasons… some for writing material for their books. Some just to associate with him. Others just to find out how he sees the current situation.

    • Just a year ago, Bishop Mpundu was calling the ruling party PF a cartel and a bunch of criminals,Now I see him wining and dinning with the head of the same people he called criminals,Am I missing something here?As for Bishop Banda,rumors abound about his activities in the Catholic church

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    • #Muzambian The Bishop is living to the letter a Catholic way of living. Accommodate sinners and forgive their past misdeeds. If you continue harboring hate against people, you will never break the chain of vengeance.

    • Why’s Tasila Lungu not buying stuff anymore? She’s still there and people have not stopped selling stuff. The civil proceedings in which they sued News Diggers and an American environmental group will resume in court for continued cross-examination of Given Lubinda and later Jean Kapata and Tasila Lungu. Zambian justice will deliver like DHL.

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    • Ba kandile the former told you ‘amaka nshikwete’, you continue pestering him in his retirement.
      Meanwhile on the other side you know you are dealing with a ‘Bull’ a ‘Stallion’ a ‘Lion’ ‘ Eagle One – Pungwa’, all in one. We sing praises to calm him down while you ‘sabaila’, you call us praise singers. Muletasha!!!!!!! Ba mukukulu!
      Very soon you may all be glued to your television sets as the British King ascends to the throne, you may even sing along, ‘long live the King’ and you wonder why Britain is a first world.
      We understand that ours came through the democratic vote, but in our eyes, he is ‘KING’ that is why we continue singing. ‘LONG LIVE OUR ZAMBIAN PRESIDENT HAKAINDE HICHILEMA’ LONG LIVE BALLY WA BONSE’.

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  3. The former told you ‘amaka nshikwete’, you continue pestering him in his retirement.
    Meanwhile on the other side you know you are dealing with a ‘Bull’ a ‘Stallion’ a ‘Lion’ ‘ Eagle One – Pungwa’, all in one. We sing praises to him, you call us praise singers. Muletasha!!!!!!!
    Very soon you may all be glued to your television sets as the British King ascends to the throne, you may even sing along, ‘long live the King’ and you wonder why Britain is a first world.
    We understand that ours came through the democratic vote, but in our eyes, he is ‘KING’ that is why we continue singing. ‘LONG LIVE OUR ZAMBIAN PRESIDENT HAKAINDE HICHILEMA’ LONG LIVE BALLY WA BONSE’.

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  4. The former told you ‘amaka nshikwete’, you continue pestering him in his retirement.
    Meanwhile on the other side you know you are dealing with a ‘Bull’ a ‘Stallion’ a ‘Lion’ ‘ Eagle One – Pungwa’, all in one. We sing praises to him, you call us praise singers. Muletasha!!!!!!!
    Very soon you may all be glued to your television sets as the British King ascends to the throne, you may even sing along, ‘long live the King’ and you wonder why Britain is a first world.
    We understand that ours came through the democratic vote, but in our eyes, he is ‘KING’ that is why we continue singing. ‘LONG LIVE OUR ZAMBIAN PRESIDENT HAKAINDE HICHILEMA’ LONG LIVE BALLY WA BONSE’.

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  5. I suspect he has paid a good offering for these men of the cloth to be so close and to rejoice with ECL. If you thing of of what used to happen under PF with ECL in power, such men of the collar should be taking ECL to task.

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  6. It is like doctors visiting the patient in the mortuary when they could not see him while he was ill. Zambian politicians, listen to advice while you are still in power.

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  7. Deja Vu,Ok,now I see the Catholic way of living.Forgive the sinners and miscreats and then side with them in their efforts to unseat another.
    Forgiving is a virtue required of all christians,not just Catholics alone.When did PF repent and return what they stole? Appeals have severally been made to PF thieves to return the loot on their own free will so that we can use it to alleviate the suffering of Zambians,but government is forced to spend to pry the loot from their dirty hands through courts of law.How do you forgive such savages?

    • What did the steal You I D I O T. funny you believed what shi Promise was telling you. His stealing apa while Your blank head is hear cheering ignorantly..Kutumpa uku.

    • #MuZambian… don’t believe everything Hakainde said about Lungu. When MMD were campaigning that KK had stolen billions of dollars…. but it was discovered that the poor man didn’t even own an ordinary cabin. Be careful with politicians.

  8. Ka Patriotic Fo6l.There are official reports called the Finance Intelligence Reports (FIC) reports in this country.Get your lazy dull head out of your but*thole and read one.

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