President Edgar Lungu says he is aware that the clergymen have challenges of accommodation adding that Christians should ensure that they are supported in advancing the kingdom of God.
And PF chief whip Brian Mundubile says the party is working with the church to disseminate the truth about Bill 10.
Speaking when he handed over a newly built house to retired Reverend John Chola in Mporokoso, Tuesday, President Lungu said “there is no greater honour than service to mankind”, before he later realised that throughout his speech he had not said anything controversial.
“Today’s event is a call for all of us to serve humanity. We are here today to hand over this house to our dear clergy our father Reverend John Chola. It is our responsibility as Christians to ensure that the clergy who are still in service, those retired and those who are about to retire are supported in our efforts in advancing the Kingdom of God. We should not neglect the clergy who are at the helm of promoting the spiritual wellbeing of our people. I am aware that clergy who are in rural areas face challenges among them lack of befitting accommodation. This is why we are here today because we identify this challenge faced by the clergy even those retired and those living in rural areas. Partners in Mission Works (PIMW) realising this problem has come up on board to address these inadequacies through the support of you the Christian flock who have put resources together to answer the plight our mothers and fathers,”said President Lungu.
“There is no greater honour than service to mankind. For those of you who are in doubt and don’t know the origin of this noble organisation, I ask to check with those involved, the priests, the bishops and reverends to give you a full roll down of what it is about. I wish to ask the Minister in charge of Religious and National guidance to come out clean on this so that people may not have misconception of what we are doing. It is lack of proper accommodation among the clergy in various parts of the country which has prompted PIMW to embark on transformational agenda to ensure the living standards of the clergy are taken care of regardless of the denomination,” said President Lungu before he adding , “I haven’t said anything controversial but wait and see.”
And speaking at the same event, Mundubile said he was aware of the ‘monster’ that had been created about bill 10 saying he was working with the church to ensure that the truth was known
“We interact very well with the church it was the other day we had a meeting with the clergy from Mporokoso on the much talked about Bill 10. We have gone to an extent of sharing ideas so that indeed the church can help us disseminate the truth about Bill 10. The monster that has been created out of Bill 10 has been deceiving people and sending a wrong signal about this document. So sir, we are working with the church in Mporokoso to ensure that the Zambian people know the truth about Bill 10, that the Zambian people know the lies that are told about Bill 10. We can’t do it alone we have to work with the church to resolve the many challenges that our country faces today,” said Mundubile.