ZAMBIA Conference of Catholic Bishops (ZCCB) secretary general Fr Cleophas Lungu says the church will not respond to groupings of people with clear motives on why they insist that Bill 10 should go through.

In an interview, Fr Lungu maintained that Bill 10 is bad and further appealed to parliamentarians across the political divide to interpret the writing on the wall.

“The Bishops will neither be distracted nor tempted to respond to groupings whose motives are clear, at least to those who can read and interpret the writing on the wall .The Bishops still stand by what they said and their strong appeal to the conscience of all parliamentarians across the political and even religious divide. The statement was issued in a bid to respectfully provide moral guidance to the nation and our political leaders. ZCCB further strongly believes that the truth will set us free (John 8:32) and that truth will defend itself in the due course,” said Fr Lungu.

He was commenting on remarks by the Association of PF Catholic parliamentarians chaired by Munali MP Professor Nkandu Luo who held a press briefing on Tuesday and disagreed with the Catholic Bishop’s statement that Bill 10 contained retrogressive and highly contentious clauses.