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There’s no need to argue on important matters of the nation – Archbishop Chama

KASAMA Archdiocese Archbishop Ignatius Chama says there is no need to argue on important matters bordering on the welfare of the nation.

Archbishop Chama said in society, when a parent counsels a child and the child disputes the counsel, the parent cannot proceed because then it becomes argumentative.

The Association of Catholic Parliamentarians last Monday held a media briefing in Lusaka at which it differed with the Catholic Bishops of Zambia on their call for withdrawal of Constitutional Amendment Bill Number 10 from the floor of the house.

The bishops were consequently accused of not consulting the church membership over their position.

In a statement on Tuesday, June 9, 2020, the Zambia Conference of Catholic Bishops called for withdrawal of Bill 10 from parliament, saying it contains retrogressive and divisive clauses inimical to the well-being of the country.

“There is no need to argue on important matters bordering on the welfare of the nation. It should only be left to the conscience of the individual,” Archbishop Chama said on Thursday when he featured on his weekly Radio Lutanda programme of Ishiwi lyakwaKacema.

And Archbishop Chama said that it was worrying that some Zambians have started living as though the Zambian society was not ravaged by the COVID -19 pandemic.

He said experts had time and again warned, and were still warning, that to protect oneself from contracting the coronavirus, one had to wear a mask, practice social distancing, frequently wash hands with soap and sanitise one’s hands.

He said he regrets that these health guidelines were not being practised, especially at political rallies, saying if people could contract the coronavirus through non-observance of prescribed health guidelines, he wondered why law enforcement agencies were not arresting people organising political rallies in breach of the coronavirus health guidelines.

Archbishop Chama said political meetings he has seen on ZNBC TV were endangering the lives of innocent citizens as people attending political rallies were seen to be unprotected.

President Lungu and PF leaders have held meetings where social distancing is observed.

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