By ROGERS KALERO
CLERGYMEN must not only issue politically-inclined statements against the Patriotic Front (PF), but must also remind the UPND government of its campaign promises and the worsening poverty levels in various communities,” a PF official has said.
PF Copperbelt Media Director Munalula Moola said clergymen should speak for the majority . Zambians who voted for the new dawn administration as opposed to issuing statements .aimed at inciting Zambians against the former ruling party.
In an interview in Kitwe yesterday, Mr Moola said issuing statements. aimed at inciting Zambians against the PF will not help to alleviate poverty and promote food security in communities, but will only serve to divide the country because most Zambians still believe the PF was a better government than the New Dawn or the UPND government.
He said it was disappointing that some clergymen had chosen to attack the PF in some sections of the media because of the personal hatred they harboured against certain leaders of the PF, while others were attacking the PF because they were looking for favours or jobs from the New Dawn government.
He said clergymen will only gain and hold the respect of the majority poverty stricken Zambians if they remain non-partisan and give wise and unquestionable counsel to both the opposition and the ruling party
“A Genuine clergyman will not behave like political vuvuzela for a certain political party, but will remain non-partisan and give wise and unquestionable counsel to the opposition and the ruling party in order to unite the country, but in Zambia, we have some clergymen who are driven by hatred, while others are looking for favours or jobs from the New Dawn government.
“So because most clergymen are busy pursuing their personal interests, they forget about speaking for the majority poverty stricken Zambians, but they are busy doing all sorts of ridiculous things to impress their masters. This is very sad and it is this conduct which has made the public to lose respect and confidence in most clergymen,” Mr Moola said.
Mr Moola said most Zambians were missing the PF because the UPND had proved to be boastful, irresponsible, careless and self-praising despite the worsening poverty levels in various communities.