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It’s scary when scores of defence force officers pursue an old woman with armoury vehicles.

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Controversial Lusaka Catholic Archbishop Dr. Alick Banda has said it is scary when scores of defence force officers pursue an old woman with armoury vehicles.

Archbishop Banda said the scenario of scores of defence force officers pursuing an old woman with armoury vehicles raises questions on where society or a country is heading to.

He wondered how it would be and what the law enforcement officials would carry or go with when pursuing a male suspect.

In his sermon at Lusaka’s Holy Family Catholic Church in Linda Township, Archbishop Banda preached on overcoming fear by believing in God.

He said fear was irrational and it can result in the destruction of other people’s lives, their dignity, their integrity and their property.

Archbishop Banda based his sermon on John 14: 1-12 in which Jesus said to his disciples, “Let not your hearts be troubled; believe in God, believe also in me. In my Father’s house are many rooms; if it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you? And when I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, that where I am you may be also. And you know the way where I am going.”

“My dear brothers and sisters in Christ, Jesus says do not let your heart be troubled, believe in God and believe in me. This command is to cultivate a personal relationship with God and Jesus himself. This command does not come from a lack of challenges but it is derived from an immense thoughtfulness in the power of God, in the power of Jesus Christ himself. The gospel passage comes from the farewell speech of our Lord Jesus Christ before his passion. Jesus reveals that he was going away where he was going his disciples could not come and that one of his own disciples had become a mole, a spy and indeed the steward leader amongst them on the verge of collapse, on the verge of failure of loyalty. These information troubled the disciples and especially that Christ was about to pass on. However, Jesus calls them to believe in him and to believe in God. He said he is the way to the father. He is the truth that has been revealed in the scriptures and in his person as the Word made fresh, Emmanuel, God that was among us and indeed that Jesus himself is life because all that came to be, came to be in him hence their hearts should not be troubled,” he preached.

Archbishop Banda said it was normal to be fearful when people start experiencing promotion of death at the expense of life, promotion of cultures contrary to their own cultural values because of money.

“Don’t let your heart be troubled. It is easy to be fearful when challenges become definite. It is easy to be fearful when we experience organised crime in our communities and it is normal to be fearful when we start experiencing promotion of death at the expense of life, promotion of cultures contrary to our own cultural values because of money.Bacibusa muli Kristu kuti catuletela umwenso konse uko tuli ngatwamona abashilikale imitapashi ukukonkelafye nakulubantu na bamotoka ababa armoury ukukonkelafye nakulubantu catuletela umwenso. Calola kwi? Cilelola kwi? Ngakansha ekobakemina baye bamone umwaume munabo bakema nafinshi? (My brothers and sisters, it is normal to be fearful when we see scores of defence force pursuing one old woman with armoury vehicles pursuing an old lady.This brings us fear. Where is this leading to? Whatmore when they rise to go and pursue their male colleague, what will they go with or carry?)
This can bring fear, where are we heading to? Christ is cautioning each one of us not to be overwhelmed nor apprehensive for fear is irrational,” Archbishop Banda continued.

“Fear is irrational enough to be petty, fear is irrational to become so suspicious with everything and everyone. Fear is irrational to insinuate falsehood and inuendo. Fear is irrational, it destroy other people’s lives, their dignity, their integrity and their property. That is why Christ is saying don’t fear. Don’t let your hearts be troubled, you become irrational you won’t think things through. Take heart. Ati bola panshi,” said the former Bishop of Ndola and Solwezi Dioceses.

33 COMMENTS

  1. This is how Muslim fundamentalists created wars and mayhem around the world………

    By infusing politics into sermons for their brainwashed congregants……..

    And why is it that the only platform PF politicians seem to be exploiting is the church ???

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    • Look at this Humpty Dumpty Troll based in UK ..Lazy Lungu is facing his own Karma…your brain is so minced that you can not remember how you teargased out HH and his family when the hid in their home secure hideout

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    • You should try your best not to take anything trolls say seriously. No matter how poorly they behave, remember these people spend countless unproductive hours trying to make people mad. They’re not worth your time of the day.

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  2. Archbishop Dr Banda please lets separate the word of God and politics the example of comparing Jesus preaching in John to my understanding that is too far using the word of God. Mrs Lungu might be the former First Lady and an elderly woman but things to do with law let them be carried away in the same manner as the rest of the citizens. Maybe you should start visiting prisons for you to have an idea what is equal human rights I rest my case. Let us not use emotions to such sensitive matters.

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  3. They had to be prepared for anything. They still remember how unruly PF cadres were during their time. They had to show muscle so they do not even think about fighting with the law. That was contingent planning in action. Imagine the news that the police were beaten by PF cadres even though they are out of power?

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  4. If you did not know how religious clergymen become political, this is a CLASSICAL example.
    This is so wrong ba Archbishop Alick Banda

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  5. Montana the church has also got a role to play on governance so it’s not politics.your man HH power is going to his head he has forgotten not long ago he begged for votes based on promises he is breaking and that was one of them police brutality in the past regime you people you have no shame including Jack Mwimbu for even coming out on national TV to defend such rubbish.People are watching your day of reckoning is coming

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    • what tribalism You cult Member, U want to see everything in HH’s eyes. Your time is coming soon.

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  6. This Archbishop is mentally deranged and should seek help. Why is he venturing into decisions made by Police on how to institute an investigation on a suspected crime committed? Why is this Archbishop undermining the capacity of an old woman to mobilise cadres in her defense of crimes she is involved in? Doesnt this catholic bishop have worthwhile tasks to do than engaging into issues that dont really concern Jesus Christ and the church? The police should be left to make independent decisions how to investigate any crime conducted by a man or a woman.

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    • @ngoma yamaano, clearly You are a drum coz all U doing is make noise. Cult Member wakosama

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    • I don’t remember you calling Archbishop Mpundu deranged when he was verbally attacking Lungu each and everyday. The bishop may be wrong, but people should be principled in their criticism. If Bishop Banda is deranged then also Bishop Mpundu is deranged. Because they both ” engaged” in politics.

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  7. You should have encouraged the first family to stay away from cash while in office. Reacting now won’t help. Speak truth to power when they are in office. Engage all leaders to stay away from Kwacha addiction and don’t wait till they leave office. Create the Alick Banda leadership foundation for accountable leadership in Zambia

  8. A simple call out would have done…call Mrs Lungu to the police station and ask her about the claims of theft (which doesn’t make sense anyway)
    Taking the complaint to court is the best option.
    Like anyone else Mrs Lungu is entitled to justice and if found guilty punished like everyone else.

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    • Yes Police were overzealous in this matter and should have just sent one senior officer or CID..if theft is involved its not a civil matter.

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    • #John Sangwa. I’m not in a position to state whether it’s a civil matter or a criminal matter. But if you just give it a bit of thought; did Mrs Lungu use a gun to grab the title, the cars? Or why these things delivered to her ( under whatever circumstances). I held a vehicle white book of a person who owed money. He reported me to the police and a call out was sent and I explained in the presence of my lawyer. The complainant was advised to keep his of our agreement.

    • what about the issue of kidnapping? Police have protocol. It is not an ordinary case. Those masked men that the complainant indicated prompted this. Do not yap before analysing. If you have never been a Police officer keep ziii

  9. Patriotic +Zambian, I have raised my opinion about this Archbishop. Calling me drum and saying all I am doing is making noise doesnot change the facts I have raised. Criminal acts in Zambia shall be addressed equally whether conducted by a man or a woman. The police are not as naive as you and your Archbishop. It is not the business of the Archbishop or you to decide how the police should deal with a reported criminal offence! If you have any issues with how the police handled the case, take it to the police complaints commission if any.

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    • This was not a war. The Police dont need to send a battallion to resolve a civil issue involving one woman and her niece! My neighbour in Kamwala South lost his ducks and he knows the suspected theif. The police havent come even with batons to help him. The police are not only naive. They are robots. Parents shouldnt send their children to police recruitments. Police force is not for thinking people

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  10. The PF stooge has to comment and justify all the brown envelopes he used to get from ECL or else they might ask for him to pay back as they have all the records

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  11. Send them to Russia or Ukraine for training. It is like they just laze around boasting that they are the best. There is no need of coming out with such machinery as if you are going for war. They are tired of cutting grass in barracks. Send them where it matters most. They are worsting their damn energy

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  12. Mixing too much religion and politics has never produced desirable outcomes for growth of modern societies. In the olden days the church also provided leadership for the nations. This was discarded long ago in preference for secular governments for good reasons. It is unfortunate that we have a few Bishops here we are bent on taking us back to medieval times. I wonder why!

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  13. When our Christ was followed in the Garden of gethsemane, how many Soldiers where there with spears?
    To pretend to be ignorant is a sin Bishop. Government is Government Dear Bishop.

  14. Are christians not suppose to be in politics?Are they not human beings?Politics is there in the bible and dont be cheated.Everything started in the bible and was photo copied into seculer system.Thu you are in the world do not be part of this world,meaning the world here means a system,so come out of the system which is corupt.Now who is suppose to correct this system?

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