THE Constitution [Amendment] Bill number 10 must be cast out in the same manner we cast out demons, says Bishop Simon Chihana.
Bishop Chihana, president of International Fellowship of Christian Churches (IFCC), said if a demon offered one chicken and chips or some bream fish, we refuse because we know that by eating that food on was also taking the devil inside their heart.
He told the Mast that the motive of the Bill was totally wrong and the foundation of the sitting was not in the interest of the majority Zambians.
“The Amendment Bill 10 must be rejected and cast out by the well-meaning Zambian people and specifically our lawmakers, whose laws they make are meant for all Zambians. Bill 10 must be cast out in the same manner we cast out demons. If a demon is offering you chicken and chips or some bream fish, we refuse because we know that by eating that food, you are also taking the devil inside your heart,” Bishop Chihana said.
He insisted that the three Church mother bodies should have presided over the National Dialogue Forum sitting and bemoaned their unfortunate exclusion.
Bishop Chihana further noted that most of the contents of the amended constitution was meant to injure the country’s democracy, demean its liberties, mutilate the current constitution and promote or strengthen the dictatorial type of leadership.
The clergyman wondered how a genuine lover of democracy would support the extension of running government for seven years instead of five years.
“The motive of the Bill is totally wrong, the foundation of the [NDF] sitting was not in the interest of the majority Zambians, the official people who should have presided over the sitting were ignored and the door was shut in their eyes and these are the three Church mother bodies. We also know that some proposed wouldbe law are only meant to entice the general public into thinking that all is well, when much of it is meant to injure our democracy, demean our liberties, mutilate our current constitution and promote or strengthen the dictatorial type of leadership.”
He added that it would be a total nightmare for any group of people to have a leadership that possibly has failed its people in good governance and economic development.
Bishop Chihana further urged the government to place strength on the plight of the youths by job creation and addressing the education sector.
“We are not in a rush hour to change or amend our Constitution and we demand that the executive withdraws the bill and rather focus on the serious matters such as mealie-meal crisis whose price is very abnormal considering the salaries most of the Zambian people, with extended families around them, get,” Bishop Chihana said.
“Yes, we want Zambia to be maintained as a Christian nation and…but we also need to remind ourselves that no one eats faith, we eat food, for even our scriptures in the Holy Book, the Bible, do admonish us that ‘If a man cannot feed his own family, then he is worse than a reckless non-believer” (1Timothy 5:8).”
Bishop Chihana noted that currently people were struggling to feed their families, not because they were lazy but because the staple food was extremely expensive, compared to their meager salaries while many were not working.
“And as a preacher of the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ, I see this right in my face; the pain, the misery and the hunger of our people,” said Bishop Chihana.