Catholic Church disowns Nkandu Luo, Lubinda

Catholic Church disowns Nkandu Luo, Lubinda


CATHOLICS say the Association of Catholic Parliamentarians is an illegal organisation that is not registered in the Church records.

The rebel group is led by livestock minister Nkandu Luo, as Archbishop of Mandahill and Given Lubinda as Bishop of Kabwata East. The rebel group attacked Catholic Bishops for opposing the Constitution of Zambia (Amendment) Bill No. 10 of 2019.

But the Zambia National Council for the Catholic Laity (ZNCCL) said there was no record of such an association in the Catholic books.

The ZNCCL has since asked the two ministers to apologise to the Church.

“…While we appreciate the reforms that have been witnessed over time since the Second Vatican Council of Bishops (1962-1965), the laity have emerged as a greater source of leadership in various aspects of the Church’s life. However, we have noted with disappointment the ‘so-called’ Association of Catholic Parliamentarians outburst and the accusations leveled against the [Zambia] Conference [of Catholic Bishops] on Bill No. 10 of 2019 by accusing the Conference of not consulting the organization,’’ national chairperson Clement Chinama said in a statement dated June 24 and released yesterday. “First and foremost, we wish to make it clear that for any organization of the laity or association to fully exist and operate under the name of ‘Catholic Organisation’ it has to be sanctioned by ZCCB and be affiliated to ZNCCL. Unfortunately, our office has no records of the so-called Catholic Parliamentarians and there is no approval of its establishment anywhere…If you are really Catholics with a conscience which is alive, you need to apologise and seek reconciliation with the Church and God. Your action was aimed at nothing, but on intent of outing the Conference in ridicule and tarnish its admirable image both at regional and international levels respectively.”

Chinama stated further that it was also wrong for Lubinda and Luo to accuse the Bishops of not having read Bill 10 when in fact they did.

He stated that Bishops read and understood the bill, and that the laity fully supported their statement.

“We the laity in Zambia under the umbrella body of the Zambia National Council for the Catholic Laity (ZNCCL) wishes to strongly support the Zambia Conference of Catholic Bishops’ position on various national issues in Zambia and particularly the recent press statement the Conference issued on 9th June 2020 which contained a number of issues affecting the general citizenry and among them peace building and reconciliation efforts, human rights abuse, erosion of traditional, religious and moral values of our society…” stated Chinama. “ZNCCL is happy to note that whenever the Conference speaks about something of national interest, it is done within its jurisdictions guided by its values, faith, unity, justice, integrity, love and service, commitment and solidarity.”

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    John 6 days ago

    If you ugly then that’s what you are,

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    John 1 week ago

    My goodness me, this is one ugly person, I bet her husband is a blind man

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      John: You give social media a bad name by attacking Nkandu Luo’s looks. Wht can she do to change them? Isn’t criticizing her deeds not enough?

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    Njata Bulenge 1 week ago

    John M Phiri – Pls be factual correct and compare apples with Apples and not apples with tomatoes.
    These two MPs and their colleagues stood up and opposed a bill based of their faith. Which I feel isnt representative of their constituency. The people that elected them are all catholic and while we respect individual person views. That shouldn’t have been their basis to critic the Bishops.
    Don’t compare Biden (The Democratic Nominee and former Vice President of the US) & Nancy Polosi the Speaker of the US Congress. The doctrine of separate church and state exists in the US. Where as you have no distinction in Zambia being a Christian nation.
    Again, when Biden & Polosi are doing their day job. Politics they do not represent the Church which the doing in their personal capacity. The Catholic church is free to deflock them should they feel that their values in Politics dont reflect the Church. But the American political system has been mature enough until the Trump Presidency to respectfully operate with some decorum.
    Please be factually correct in your assertions and not mislead the public by making unfound comparisons.

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    Luo lubinda are playing politics of deceite not knowing they are receiving themselves . do not touch the annointed .

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    Abena kafue 1 week ago

    If Sata, a true Catholic ,was alive lubinda couldn’t behave the way he’s behaving.

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    John M Phiri 1 week ago

    Well done ZNCCL. We support you stance a million times over for supporting our bishops’ stance on the injustices perpetrated by those power hungry Catholics who have stopped living their faith. They are like the Nancy Pelosis (US House of representatives) and the Joe Bidens (Vying for US vice presidency)of this world who claim to be Catholics but are pro abortion, are very corrupt and behave in a manner that can be called anything but Catholic. Congratulations for that voice of the Catholic laity. It is high time this voice was heard.