Northmead Assembly of God Church Overseer Bishop Joshua Banda did not say anything negative against the UPND or its leader Hakainde Hichilema, according to statement issued by Bishop Banda’s office.
Below is the statement in full:
PRESS STATEMENT (FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE)
BISHOP DR JOSHUA H.K. BANDA DID NOT MAKE ANY STATEMENT AGAINST THE UPND AND HH
The Daily Nation of Sunday 27th March 2016 ran a story which allegedly quoted Bishop Dr. Joshua H.K. Banda, the Overseer and /Senior Pastor of Northmead Assembly of God Church saying that “Zambians will not vote for UPND leader Hakainde Hichilema as Republican President if his strategy is to use unpalatable language, and hate speech against President Edgar Lungu…”. This story has since been reported by several online publications.
While it is true that a named reporter at the Daily Nation interviewed Bishop Dr. Joshua H.K. Banda by phone on Saturday 26th March, 2016, the words as uttered by Bishop Banda in the said interview were generic and meant to provide counsel to all political leaders, that using unpalatable language, hate speech and name calling will not help any political leader ascend to or retain the presidency.
At no time were the words directed towards the UPND, its President or any other political party for that matter. Bishop Banda and indeed Northmead Assembly of God Church remain non-partisan and impartial in their engagement in national affairs. To that end, we wish to categorically state that the part of the story referring to the UPND and Mr. Hakainde Hichilema as reported by the Daily Nation and consequently, some on-line publications, is a misrepresentation of facts and therefore untrue. At no time in the interview did Dr. Banda refer to President Hakainde or the UPND.
We have since communicated to the Daily Nation and its Editor in Chief Mr. Richard Sakala to register our displeasure and disappointment.
The Paper and its Editor in Chief have been magnanimous enough to admit this misrepresentation and agreed to retract applicable sections of the story and make the necessary correction at their earliest convenience.
May God bless the Republic of Zambia.
Issued by Northmead Assembly of God Church Media – Bishop’s Office- (27th March, 2016)