Edgar Lungu last week implored Lusaka Archdiocese Apostolic Administrator and Emeritus Archbishop Telesphore Mpundu to ensure that the dialogue process with all political parties is looked into before handing over leadership.
Edgar said there is also need for strong commitment for all the political players in the country to the dialogue process.
Edgar told the Church that the peace process should not be left to the political parties alone, saying the Church has the capacity to bring the country together and ensure that peace and joy is sustained.
There is a pending inter party dialogue in Zambia to discuss a time-bound, constructive dialogue that will culminate in a roadmap to some political reforms ahead of the 2021 general elections.
This was necessitated by the pre and post electoral violence and tension Zambia experienced and continues to experience following the country’s 2016 general elections.
Following the arrest and detention of Hakainde Hichilema on trumped up treason charges, the Commonwealth, at the invitation of Edgar, came in to try and help diffuse the situation. Edgar needed the Commonwealth’s help to get out of the embarrassing detention of Hakainde he had put himself in without losing much face.
Commonwealth Secretary-General Patricia Scotland has since appointed Nigerian Professor Ibrahim Gambari as her special envoy for political dialogue to address issues of common interest ahead of future elections in the country.
Edgar and his minions today do not want the Commonwealth to facilitate or mediate this dialogue. Why? He wants people he can manipulate to do it.
Edgar is now asking the church he has divided and weakened to facilitate or mediate this dialogue.
How will a weakened and divided church do this? Within the church today, we have Christians for Lungu and Christians for Christ. How will they work together with these divisions and when they clearly have different agendas?
Unity despite diversity is exactly what defines Christianity as distinct from and antithetical to all other religious beliefs.
Anyway, correct division should be preferred over corrupt unity.
The greatest tragedy in our country today is a divided church. Politics, greed and vanity has divided our church.
They need to come together. Giving them a collective role to play in our politics may just end up deepening their divisions. But there is one thing they can do. They may not be able to agree about politics, but they can always pray together.
So, by stating this, we are not in any way implying that the church should do nothing. This can’t be because we know very well that people who try to do something and fail are infinitely better than those who try to do nothing and succeed.
Prayer is the best test of a religious person, and it is also the best test of a church. A church can be flourishing: she can be successful in terms of organizations, she can be tremendously active and appear to be prosperous, but if you want to know whether she is a real church or not, examine the amount of prayer that takes place.
Bill Hybels says, “If the request is wrong, God says, No. If the timing is wrong, God says, Slow. If you are wrong, God says, Grow. But if the request is right, the timing is right and you are right, God says, Go!”
They say that great things are done by a series of small things brought together. For great things do not just happen by impulse but are a succession of small things linked together. The strong do what they have to do and the weak accept what they have to accept.
This is what happens to a nation when the credibility of the institutions and individuals on whom it can turn to when in trouble are destroyed. Edgar has destroyed the prestige of every previously credible institution and individual in a blind pursuit of unchallenged political hegemony.
And today, Edgar is forced to go to the garbage dump and seek the help of institutions and individuals he had rubbished. We have not forgotten how Edgar and his league mistreated Archbishop Mpundu and tried to divide the Catholic leadership along tribal lines following the 2016 fraudulent elections and the cruel and totally unwarranted detention of Hakainde.
This is what happens in a nation when values are lost. This is what happens to a leadership that has sacrificed cardinal principles on the altar of political expediency.
Hehehe, hehehe! Today Edgar is scavenging on the garbage dump for political survival!