President Michael Sata has been calling Catholic Parish Priests directing them not to discuss the Public Order Act (POA) in the latest released Pastoral Letter.
Sources within the Zambia Episcopal Conference in Lusaka have told the Zambia Watchdog that President Sata, who is currently attending treatment in India, last week called Chadiza Parish Priest directing him to stay away from discussing the POA.
This was after Chadiza Member of Parliament Allan Mbewe paid a courtesy call on the Priest.
According to the source, Sata was very harsh in the way he communicated with the Priest such that the Priest felt very insecure and briefed some Parishoners who in turn informed the ZEC Secretariat in Lusaka.
The source said ZEC also suspects that Sata had also discussed this with Archbishop of Lusaka Teresphore Mpundu.
The suspicions arise from the fact that Mpundu has not been very keen to see the Pastoral Letter read out in Churches throughout the country this coming Sunday.
Archbishop Teresphore Mpundu is the brother in-law to President Sata by virtue of him being the elder brother to one of Sata’s many concubines called Bana Mpundu who works for the Bank of Zambia in Ndola.
The Catholic priests this week issued a strongly worded pastoral letter in which they expressed concern on various national issues, including the POA.