LETTERS

Church involvement in politics worrying

The silence of the mother church bodies in the face of persistent political comments by rogue Anglican Priest Fr. Luonde is very worrying.

We hear that the Anglican church has taken action against him for conduct that has  brought the church into disrepute, but no official statement has been made by the church.

Everyday this Luonde makes statements that are not only disparaging but often above his understanding, specifically intended to make a political stance on behalf of the cartel and those people the cartel supports.

Each time he speaks, the verbiage and tone are not those of a man of the cloth but a political amateur who is schooled to parrot the words of those who control him.

Apart from Mr Luonde there is a growing trend of some high Catholic officials and priests being quoted in a very political manner as to indicate political inclination contrary to their calling.  Our church leaders must remember that they lead an institution that draws membership from all political inclinations, ethnicity and tribal groupings. Their remarks are often offensive and in direct contradiction of the principle of inclusiveness that the church always exemplify.

This is a Christian country, meaning that those who espouse Christian faith will live with the ideal of Christianity that does not allow hypocrisy and deliberate abuse of church office to support partisan causes. Zambians look up to the church for moral guidance and not for political education.

In this regard it will be very helpful if the church emphasised the need to elect people of moral integrity and standing because these will assure the country of peace.

We have many challenges as a nation and must confront them with honesty and diligence if we are to succeed.

Edward Kunda.

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Kakoma has tendency to exaggerate issues

UPND chairperson for information and publicity Charles Kakoma has a tendency to either misrepresent or exaggerate facts in order to make contestable claims.

In the March 1, 2016 edition of the Daily Nation, he not only portrayed the UPND as a victim but would also have us believe that the UPND cadres were beaten by PF cadres during the N’cwala ceremony in full view of the police.

That the Eastern Province Police Commissioner Alex Chilufya reacted with shock that it was wrong for the UPND to politicize the work of the police service by scandalizing them and tarnishing their image through wild allegations that were not a reflection of what transpired during the ceremony is not surprising either. In fact, they always have been.

Over time the top UPND leadership have gone through the motions of embracing the UPND-as-victim narrative, hence ostensibly eschewing their questionable violent character and past. The man who described the recent attack on police, PF supporters and a Government convoy in Bweengwa as  “an eye for an eye”, Douglas Siakalima, is serving as special advisor to the UPND president.

This is with the tacit understanding of the UPND’s political complexion that violence is in its DNA.

Luchi,

LUSAKA

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Training for militia is in phases

The claim by GBM that he could not train militia in an open space misses the point completely.

As a former Defence Minister GBM must know that training comes in different phases. You cannot train people in all the skills at one specific time. Training is scheduled in accordance with the competence, ability and indeed commitment of those being trained. Therefore there is an element of physical training which all recruits undergo, then another aspect of endurance training that if followed by more specialized training. Many people have seen the training of security guards who undergo rigorous physical training to prepare them for the job. This is done in the open.

Therefore without tangible evidence nobody can conclude that the individuals arrested were not being trained for anything more. Perhaps this could have been another batch of many others who are now not in the open.

My hope is that  Mr. Mwamba can offer an explanation of the weapons, matchettes and the register that were found on the premises. If the explanations are satisfactory no further action will be taken, I am sure.

Morgan Kusensela

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What GBM actually said about those ‘militias’

I could not understand, of all people, a president of a political party failing to understand what GBM said.

Mr Musona what GBM said simply put was ‘‘he cannot train a private militia in a street where everybody could see them”. Militias are trained in secret places, not in a gym.

So, if he has no secret training camp what is there to explain? The so-called offensive weapons were found in parked vehicles; anybody including the police; could have planted them during the raid.   By the way Mr Musona why were you quiet when 22 PF cadres were arrested with offensive weapons in a bus?

Concerned citizen.

 

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