BISHOP John Mambo is asking President Edgar Lungu to act now against political violence if he wants to leave a good legacy.
The Chikondi Foundation president said politics of violence would not take Zambia anywhere.
“Why kill a person when you know this is the stronghold of another party? All you need to do is to sell yourselves. In 1991, we did away with one party system, meaning that all political parties should be embraced and there should be a level playing field and different ideas must be allowed,” Bishop Mambo said. “We are killing innocent people, we are killing leaders. In killing one person, you have killed his wife, you have killed his children, and you have killed his mother and his father and those depending on him. We have street kids today because of such things. Politics of violence will not take this country anywhere. What we want is to see Zambia grow in its democracy.”
He said while Zambia has been known as an oasis of peace, sadly today it was being rated among those under dictatorship.
“We have not seen the report on what caused the violence in the last elections that we held in Zambia [the 2016 general elections]. And yet we have continued to play lip service on the political violence which is happening on every by-election we have,” Bishop Mambo said. “This is not the time that we should have been killing each other. It is the time we should have been coming together and ask God to forgive us for whatever we have done. The bible is very clear, ‘if my people who are called by my name shall humble themselves, kneel down, ask me for anything, I the lord will hear’. Now in Zambia our priorities are upside down.”
He said no one should lose life over political power.
“So if President Lungu wants to leave a legacy, he must act now as a leader. But not just to hold the Bible, he must cut the branches that are not bearing fruits for the good of this country. Those that are liabilities, disastrous, must be shown the door,” Bishop Mambo said. “The killing [of a UPND member] in Western Province, where are those guns from? And it’s sad that once the life is lost there is no punishment to those who commit offences from the ruling party. But if they are in the opposition you would hear the headlines in all the public media where I pay tax.”
Bishop Mambo also noted that politicians were drunk with power while educated Zambians were watching in fear.
He said poor planning by leaders had caused the current economic challenges Zambia was facing
“Zambia has a lot of technocrats; they know what is wrong with our economy but they keep quiet when the leaders lie to us that we have a climate change. In this country when you are in power, you are drunk so much with power. You are happy to leave the poor far away, the poor becomes very poorer while the rich become filthy richer,” Bishop Mambo said. “Our ministers are too arrogant. They think they know it all. They do not humble themselves and handle the communities as their masters. They have become kings rather than servants. When you deal with the village people, you must be humble. Including our MPs, they are also a letdown. The people of Zambia are suffering.”
He said Zambians were going through difficulties because their leaders did not plan.
“Climate change, no! It’s not climate change causing our economic challenges. Climate change, yes it is worldwide. It is something that we must prepare everybody for but poor planning from our leaders has caused the current economic challenges in the country,” Bishop Mambo said. “[But] Was the buying of fire trucks a climate change? Was the contracting of Eurobonds a climate change? Where and how was the Eurobonds directed to Zesco and Zambia Railways utilised? It is lack of planning that is why we are even being load-shed for more than 12 hours. Today, agriculture inputs have not been distributed and you expect bumper harvest, no. It is just planning.”
He said there was a lot of hypocrisy in the management of the country’s affairs.
“The syndrome that we have as Zambians, that we suffer from, is we easily forget – too quickly. We do not know where we are coming from, we don’t know where we are, and we don’t know where we want to go,” Bishop Mambo said.
He said if the vision of Michael Sata was still alive, life for the ordinary Zambian would have been better than what it is today.