LUSAKA Archbishop Telesphore Mpundu is leading a 3-man delegation of Catholic bishops to meet incarcerated UPND leader Hakainde Hichilema.
Archbishop Mpundu, Ndola diocese Bishop Alick Banda and Livingstone’s Bishop Raymond Mpezele will meet Hichilema today at Mukobeko Maximum Security Prison where they are expected to deliver a message following their meeting with President Edgar Lungu last week.
Right now, the bishops are on their way to Mukobeko to meet HH. Remember they were granted permission by HE to visit him (Hichilema) last week during their meeting at State House. There is Archbishop Mpundu, who is with Bishop Banda from Ndola and Bishop Mpezele from Livingstone. The three are going to deliver what was discussed in their meeting and hopefully get HH to accept the results and get this tension between him and the boss (President Lungu) behind and move on,
prisons sources have revealed.
President Lungu granted the bishops permission to meet Hichilema with a view of brokering an end to the political tension between the opposition leader and the Head of State.
During the meeting at State House last week, Archbishop Mpundu, who spoke on behalf of 11 other bishops, told President Lungu to humble himself, meet Hichilema and engage in a face-to-face dialogue with him to end the tension that followed the disputed August 2016 general elections.
In response, President Lungu told the bishops that Hichilema should first accept the results of the August 11 presidential election, which he has petitioned, before he could engage in dialogue with him.
Hichilema has been incarcerated since April 11, marking 100 days today, on charges of treason.
During campaigns for last year’s elections, President Lungu had warned that he would sort out Hichilema if he rejected poll results.