CHIPATA Diocese Bishop George Lungu says Dr Kenneth Kaunda was a precious gift to Zambia.
In his sermon during the 22nd anniversary for Radio Maria on Monday, Bishop Lungu said Dr Kaunda was dear to many Zambians.
“Dr Kaunda wanted development everywhere. In villages they still remember him, here in Eastern Province Dr Kaunda will be remembered for the bicycle plant here in Chipata, in Livingstone he gave them a Fiat assembly plant, in Mansa he gave them a battery plant, in North Western Province there was a pineapple factory. We need more time to talk about the life of KK,” he said.
Bishop Lungu also talked about the defunct United Buses of Zambia which was very effective during Dr Kaunda’s time.
“We had UBZ at that time. We used to travel to various places using UBZ. We can stop here, but we are talking about a person who dedicated his life to love all of us without segregation. He helped people be it on the Copperbelt, Lusaka, Nyimba or Kanyelele,” he said.
And in an interview, Bishop Lungu said he was happy with the performance of Radio Maria, which was opened in 1999.
“The best person to talk about the impact of Radio Maria is the listener not the Bishop. You go to the listener and I am always pleased when I meet them and get their testimonies,” he said. “So, these comments are the ones that make me believe that it was not a mistake to bring Radio Maria in Chipata Diocese. We needed this tool to accompany our people. This tool is very important. Imagine these days when people
are discouraged from meeting in big groups but with Radio Maria, we know that we are going to reach to them.”
Bishop Lungu said Radio Maria has been a blessing to the people of Eastern Province.
On COVID-19, Bishop Lungu urged the media to save the people by continuing with the awareness messages.
He said there were still people that were not convinced about COVID-19.
Radio Maria programmes director Fr Andrew Chenjelani Phiri said the radio station would continue focusing at evangelisation and integral development for the people.
“I look at Radio Maria today, 22 years that we have come a long way and that we have many listeners especially from the rural parts of the country. It inspires a lot when I go round in the villages to see people listening to the radio and that we owe them a lot especially in terms of information,” he said. “This time, a lot of information, a lot of news has to come to the people, though we know very well that Radio Maria is not a news station but as such we need to fulfil that obligation.”
Fr Phiri said the station owes a lot to the people because they were the ones that had made the radio to be where it was today.
One of the old volunteers at the radio station, Clemence Sitima encouraged the listeners to continue supporting the station.
Another volunteer Davies Sankwana said he was happy to be associated with the Radio Maria.