VETERAN politician Vernon Mwaanga needs to take a rest from politics if he has nothing of value to offer to the country instead of discrediting the democratic system that he helped build Church of God Cathedral of Miracles Senior Bishop Naison Nyonyo has advised.
In an interview with the Daily Nation yesterday, bishop Nyonyo said that it was strange to hear and see Mr Mwaanga conduct himself in a manner unbefitting his status as a freedom fighter and a renowned diplomat who was expected to groom the new crop of leaders.
Bishop Nyonyo was commenting on assertions by Mr Mwaanga that the country was deeply divided following the August 11, general elections as well as sentiments that justice was a far-fetched dream following the dismissal of the UPND’s petition against the election of President Edgar Lungu, but the man of the cloth has emphasised that Zambia would remain united and peaceful.
The clergyman said that Mr Mwaanga risked being remembered for all the wrong things if he continued on the path of deliberately misinterpreting and antagonising Government but that what was expected of him was to offer counsel and guidance.
‘’ It is indeed strange to hear and see the conduct of Mr Mwaanga when he is supposed to be a figure to counsel and groom the new crop of leaders but he is instead going against what is expected of him.
If he has nothing to offer to the politics of the country he needs to rest. He was part of the Government and helped build the tenets of democracy but now that he is outside government and the party he was supporting did not make it he wants to discredit the entire system. He will be wrongly eulogised if he continues on the path of antagonising Government when he needs to offer advice and counsel,’’ he said.
He said that some opposition parties had predicted doom and Armageddon but was happy that God had seen President Edgar Lungu through and that the church was pleased that the country had remained united despite different political ideologies.
Bishop Nyonyo said that it was wrong to belittle the judiciary and the judges stating that they had done their best and finger pointing would not help the situation in anyway but that the country needed to focus on growing the economy.
He said that Zambia was a haven of peace for over 51 years and that it would never experience any civil strife and he expressed gratitude to God that from the time of the general elections the country had remained largely peaceful.
Bishop Nyonyo has called on the Head of State to give special attention to agriculture because it was one of the sectors that would bring the much needed foreign exchange through the export of a variety of produce.
‘’ As the church we are pleased with the elections went well. Some opposition had predicted doom but God had seen the country and President Edgar Lungu take up a new mantle and the church was pleased that the country had remained united in spite of different political ideologies.
I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate President Lungu as this victory belongs to all of us and I urge him to focus on agriculture as one of the sectors that can help grow the economy through the export of various crops ,’’ he said.