Fri, 31 Aug 2012 12:01:34 +0000
The PF government has turned against the Catholic Church whose support it solicited greatly before last year’s elections, MMD president Nevers Mumba has said,
Dr Mumba has also said state of the nation has reached a critical stage, and only the fearless and patriotic Zambians can help retrieve the country from its dangerous fall.
“Today PF has the audacity of deporting a priest who highlights the plight of the poor,” said Dr Mumba
Dr Mumba also claimed that the PF government has started to roll out a programme to deregister many Pentecostal Churches in Zambia and remove those who use government school facilities for their services.
“PF government is on record of supporting possible homosexual legislation going by the statement made by President Sata in March 2011 prior to the election. The PF government continues to distance itself from the “Declaration of Zambia as Christian Nation”.” said Dr Mumba
He also reiterated that the PF departure from the church was causing suspicious deaths in Zambia
He called on Zambians and the international community to respond to the PF’s government brutalization of the opposition, a situation he said was assault of democracy.
“The government has mounted a campaign to deregister, petition opposition seats, lure opposition Members of Parliament into government, arrest the leaders and create a one party state,” he said
He claimed President Sata’s love for dictators on the continent was an indication of where he intended to take Zambia.
In statement released yesterday Dr Mumba said there was nothing wrong if the Zambian people held President Sata and the PF accountable for all the false promises they made in order to win the elections.
He said harassment of UPND represented the harassment of all opposition parties and appealed to the Civil Society and all Zambians to rise and stand together to resist the assault on democracy.
“We condemn the PF government and call upon all Zambians who cherish democracy to speak out now. We urge the Church to stand up and defend the rights of Zambians, he said
Dr Mumba further said PF’s disregard for the Church would have far reaching implication on both the economy and social order of the nation
The PF government has no policy of working with the church as the President had no regard for the Evangelical Movement and called Pastors and Bishops as self ordained.
He accused the PF government of lacking a policy of working with the church, adding that such a move had resulted in unprecedented wave of ritual killings, accidents across the nation and heinous crimes that Zambia had not experienced before.
“There is no economic plan in place to provide hope for investors and ordinary Zambians, and the state of the nation has become critical and show no signs of healing,” he said.
“As PF approaches one year in office, unless a miracle happens between now and September 20th 2012 it will be fair to state that the PF government has failed to govern and has compromised the integrity of the nation before both Zambians and the international community.