- The Hatembos saga erupted when the family sued UPND president Hakainde Hichilema over the acquisition of their farm which they disputed but was however dismissed in court on account of being time barred.
By AARON CHIYANZO
THE missing Hatembo siblings must be released, let them not be sacrificed at the altar of political expediency because it is evil, not fair and not correct, Catholic Archbishop of Lusaka, Alick Banda has said.
Police have confirmed that the two siblings are witnesses in the case in which UPND president, Hakainde Hichilema fraudlently disposed them of their 2000 hectres farm in Kalomo by fraudulently manipulating records and signatures at the Ministry of Lands.
Archbishop Banda condemned the silence from the Church, NGOs, the civil rights organizations, bloggers and police on the abduction of Pheluna and her brother Milton, saying that ‘the apparent silence is too loud for a deaf person not to hear it’.
“It is now one month and 24 days since the siblings Milton and Pheluna Hatembo disappeared. We the Church are mute on the abductions. The so-called NGOs are mute, the civil rights organizations are mute. The bloggers are mute. The police are equally mute,” he said in a homily for Second Easter Sunday.
Archbishop Banda said all life mattered especially that of the poor, victims of the rich and powerful but stingy. He questioned how the poor, the marginalized would be taken care of if they were first victims.
“Please release the Hatembos. Let them not be sacrificed at the altar of political expediency. It is not fair. It is not correct. It is evil.
“May the Resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ dawn into your heart(s) and recognize the sanctity and dignity of life – that all life matter and especially life of the poor,” Archbishop Banda said.