In spite of the massive economic hardships facing the country, President Edgar Lungu is scheming to create another position of Religious affairs deputy minister or Special assistant for religious affairs as a way of siphoning money to bribe some identified ‘clergymen’ pushing his re-election agenda.
The Watchdog source at state house has disclosed that Lungu had earlier earmarked former Catholic Priest Frank Bwalya for the position but after consideration, it was found that Bwalya was insignificant amongst some congregations and even among the Catholics.
Lungu has now reportedly settled for disgraced Orthodox Church Bishop Edward Chomba who is also said to be the President’s spiritual leader. Chomba is likely to be unveiled after Lungu makes up his decision to either drop one nominated MP or elevate the position to that of a minister or if he doesn’t drop any MP then he may just appoint Chomba as an aide.
“Actually, the day of prayers and repentance was one avenue that was used to prepare people psychologically. Because Lungu now wants people to think only God and no other man can solve the mess PF has created, they planned for day of prayers and now he wants to say that he attaches importance to religion and hence appointing someone directly in charge. Otherwise this is just an avenue to bribe some clergymen,” the source said.
Recently Lungu has claimed that his declaration of the national day of prayers and repentance has received overwhelming response from other religions like Hindus and Moslems. The President has however been under attack for running a bloated cabinet and civil service. Recently he created five more cabinet positions.