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New Dawn government urged to improve livelihood of Zambians

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Copperbelt-based Catholic Priest Fr. Andrew Chewe Mukosa has warned that President Hakainde Hichilema risks being the worst President if he does not play his cards well.

Fr. Mukosa of St. Joseph Mission in Lufwanyama District believes Zambia is currently not on the right track regarding the living standards of people compounded by the high cost of living.

He emphasised President Hichilema’s New Dawn Government needs to do more to improve the livelihood of majority Zambians by facilitating access to basic services such as health, good housing, food and jobs.

Fr. Mukosa stressed the need to uphold human dignity as propagated by the Catholic Church.

The cost of living for a family of five as measured by the Jesuit Centre for Theological Reflection (JCTR) Basic Needs and Nutrition Basket (BNNB) for the month of May 2023 in Lusaka stood at K9, 077.93 whilst the cheapest town, Kasama, clinched a basket worth K4, 800.96.

“I think looking at the way governance issues are moving in Zambia, I think we are not on the right track with the UPND Government. I think we need to do more. First of all, they have completely forgotten about human dignity. Human dignity is about providing basic needs such as health, water, sanitation, good housing for people and food. I think we need to do much more,” Fr. Mukosa said.

Fr. Mukosa further counseled the Government against disparaging divergent views.

“The other part with this government right now is that they are not listening to any criticism and sometimes they are reacting so badly to criticism. When the Catholic or the Catholic Priest starts talking about Government that is a red light, let us wake up and know people’s needs. People are suffering in Zambia today and if President HH doesn’t play his cards well I am sorry he is not going anywhere. He is going to be the worst President. So take my advice, we are not on the right track,” he said.

“Tell them to change because there are so many pointers that we need, we need human dignity, we need people to eat, and we need employment. We don’t need graphs or anything else. That was said already. We do not need anything else, we need people to eat, to have houses, people to have clothes, people to have water. So please pass my message to them,” Fr. Mukosa said.

10 COMMENTS

  1. It looks like Catholics are the only Christians who see between the lines. While Malembe² is apologising to seek favours, the Romans are resolute and steadfast by holding the bull by the horns and the cat by the tail.

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  2. High cost didn’t come in upnd no sir . and you catholic why you against the government you a Christian and politics .muleisebanya ba katolika

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    • Jimmy, do you have upnd shops where commodities are selling cheap. Please show the Zambians the shops that are selling cheap goods.

      Don’t pretend Jimmy, the cost of living is extremely high. There was poverty in PF yes but its worse.

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  3. When I was at secondary school in Ndola, a seminary father from Italy taught us to speak against oppression,social injustice and abuse of human rights.

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  4. It well spoken father we need people who should stand up. We need the government to respect our human rights. Alot of bad things are happening no clean water, sewerage in towns it just pathetic and it is about time we stood up. Zambia is not for them to mismanage.

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  5. These catholic priests are clearly anti HH.
    I would say that because of President Hakainde Hichilema faith they are anti Seventh Day Adventist.
    Andrew Chewe Mukosa comments are so bias, particularly saying: President Hakainde Hichilema risks being the worst President. Was he totally oblivious to the Lungu years and how it left Zambians in total poverty. A mess which President HH is now clearing up.
    Catholics makeup 20% of the Zambian population yet it is their clergy that think they have a monopoly on criticising the government.
    How many of the remaining 80% (the majority) of religious clergy do you see making such uncalled for and bias falsehoods.

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  6. These catholic priests are clearly anti HH.
    I would say that because of President Hakainde Hichilema faith they are anti Seventh Day Adventist.
    Andrew Chewe Mukosa comments are so bias, particularly saying: President Hakainde Hichilema risks being the worst President. Was he totally oblivious to the Lungu years and how it left Zambians in total poverty. A mess which President HH is now clearing up.
    Catholics makeup 20% of the Zambian population yet it is their clergy that think they have a monopoly on criticising the government.
    How many of the remaining 80% (the majority) of religious clergy do you see making such uncalled for and bias falsehoods.

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  7. A fool of a priest pretending to be speaking for the pipo using his church position yet deep down his heart he knows he’s campaining for his pf party. My dear priest u shall get burnt in hell i promise u. dont prented be real.join the other players in the opposition like wat yo fellow Catholic priest Frank bwalaya did.

  8. What I fail to understand with UPND cadres is their extreme brainwashedness. We are all going to the same shops, gas stations and buy mealie meal at k250, Fuel at k24, fertilizer at k1500. Even the prices of Chicken is k100 because of high cost of feed. The people without brains would insult those who complain than approach their tribal great leader. Tell him people are hungry and very soon they will be angry. When promised mealie meal at k50, what was he thinking?

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