VILLAGERS displaced by political violence in Namwala are annoyed that the three church mother bodies want to play politics than acknowledge their plight.
The Council of Churches in Zambia (CCZ), the Evangelical Fellowship of Zambia (EFZ) and the Zambia Episcopal Conference (ZEC) have been blasted for ignoring the more than 200 families in Namwala which were displaced by the violence by UPND cadres who protested the re-election of President Edgar Lungu.
Bowman Lusambo, the Kabushi member of Parliament (MP) has charged that the three Church mother bodies were being hypocritical for claiming that the Patriotic Front (PF) is perpetrating violence when the truth was that the UPND had committed barbaric acts.
And Mr Lusambo has charged that it was not fair to accuse President Edgar Lungu of encouraging PF cadres to attack Constitutional Court judges when the Head of State was on record appealing to all political parties to allow the court to discharge its mandate without undue pressure.
Mr Lusambo, said the three Church mother bodies should have commended President Lungu for ‘‘decently and peacefully’’ allowing the rule of law to prevail over his disputed re-election rather than condemning the Head of State.
Mr Lusambo said President Lungu had worked hard to ensure there was peace and order in the country during the period the Constitutional Court was hearing the petition by the UPND demanding the nullification of his re-election which was a rare feat in African democracies.
He said President Lungu has been preaching peace and condemned hooliganism both in the PF and the opposition and that it was surprising that the three Church mother bodies had chosen to ignore the messages of peace and unity from the Head of State. Mr Lusambo said Zambia had never been in a tensed political period as it was now but that the Head of State had calmly held the country together by denouncing violence wherever it was happening. He said the three Church mother bodies had deliberately elected to ignore the barbaric acts that occurred in Namwala where several families were displaced after they were attacked and had their houses burnt down by UPND cadres who were protesting the re-election of President Lungu.
“We are surprised as the PF that CCZ, EFZ and ZEC could suggest that the PF and the UPND were warring parties when it has been the opposition party that has been perpetrating violence. The UPND has refused to accept the last general elections results which saw President Lungu emerge winner. ‘‘In these politically difficult times, President Lungu has exhibited rare leadership qualities and he is the envy of the world. This is Africa where such kind of leadership and magnanimity and respect for the rule of law is rare,” Mr Lusambo said.
Mr Lusambo said the UPND was on record threatening the Constitutional Court judges including threats that it would not accept the verdict of the court and yet Reverend Alfred Kalembo, Bishop Joseph Imakando and Archbishop Telesphore Mpundu had decided to ignore them.
Mr Lusambo said it was not fair for the three Church mother bodies to condemn President Lungu for the closure of Muvi Television and Komboni Radio, by the Independent Broadcasting Authority (IBA).