CHIKONDI Foundation president Bishop John Mambo says president Michael Sata was an exemplary leader who should be emulated by everyone.
And Bishop Mambo says the attack on Roan member of parliament Chishimba Kambwili by PF cadres at Sata’s memorial service is uncalled for.
In an interview, Bishop Mambo said what PF cadres exhibited was contrary to what the Catholic fathers preached during the memorial service of the deceased head of state at St. Ignatius Catholic Church.
On Saturday, PF cadres attempted to beat up Kambwili and in the process poured opaque beer on him just after the memorial service at Embassy Park.
Bishop Mambo expressed sadness with continued attacks on people at the graveyards by PF cadres.
He wondered whether the PF was committed to the Commonwealth political dialogue.
“Just after hearing a sermon from Fr Chilinda, what we hear next is the press conference by Chishimba Kambwili that he has been poured beer. You are talking about dialogue; what is dialogue? The Commonwealth are here for dialogue. It is not the first time [PF] is manhandling people at the funeral. This was not a funeral for someone else, it was a memorial service,”
Bishop Mambo said.
“Fr Chilinda counselled the nation; you cannot allow a country to be ruled by cadres. Sata did not stand for that, he condemned that in the strongest term. In fact, he went further and said if you are going to bring about healing, it is time we respect each other. If we are talking dialogue outside what is happening in terms of mishandling people, the President [Edgar Lungu] himself was on record, he told us that ‘Sata taught us that vengeance is for God’. He believed in oneness.”
He said it was sad that those that had ascended to power were using the name of God in vain.
“It is sad to learn that Chishimba Kambwili has being baptized with alcohol and so forth. For me, I feel those who are in politics of eating, they are not fit to be called politicians, for them it is money-making venture. They have become kings and queens. They just want to eat. They don’t want to suffer with the people. On 18th October, we are on record, we went for prayer and fasting and some of us we said no, it cannot be called by the State. It is not biblical, the sacrifice, even the time of Christ was by the priest who called for the feast of holiness,”
Bishop Mambo said.
He wondered where Zambia was going with the high levels of political intolerance.
“Now this is where Zambia is worrying me. We need to be bold to simply say enough is enough. We should be courageous enough. What Zambia is lacking now is courage to say ‘you can be my brother, you can be my sister, I can’t attack you or pour anything on you’. But of late, we are using the name of God in vain. How can you go to church, calling the name of Jesus…the same day you go and attack someone? I am not happy with what PF cadres did to Kambwili at Embassy Park. Pacililo teti mucite filya bapangile, bupuba (at the funeral you cannot do what they did, that is total foolishness),” Bishop Mambo said.
He urged President Lungu to emulate his predecessor’s leadership style.
Bishop Mambo further reminded President Lungu to look after Sata’s family and uphold his good legacy.
“As a country, we are not going anywhere as long as we have leaders with violent behaviour. Remember to respect the opposition, it will respect you in turn. Caona munzako capita maba cilipali iwe (If you see your friend with a problem, don’t laugh, tomorrow it would be on you). The President must bring this [to] an end. He is the Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces. All this stops with him [President Lungu],”
said Bishop Mambo.