Moslems fear for their fate under possibel PF government

Moslems fear for their fate under possibel PF government

The Islamic Supreme Council of Zambia (ISCZ) has said it is illogical for the Patriotic Front  (PF) to continue speaking against the construction of a mosque in Rhodes Park in Lusaka when there are a number Christian churches in the area.

And the ISCZ has said it is deeply concerned about the fate of the Muslim community in the country if the Patriotic Front (PF) formed government after the September 20 elections.

ISCZ president Suzyo Zimba in Lusaka yesterday that it was not realistic for the PF to oppose the construction of a mosque in Rhodes Park when in the same area there were worship centres such as the Roman Catholic Church, United Church of Zambia and Lusaka Baptist.

“In the same area there are also some lodges which play loud music. The only loud noise that the Muslim make is the praise of God,” he said.

Mr Zimba said it was sad that the PF leaders were opposing the construction of a mosque which was meant for worshipping God.

“As a country we need to talk about things that will unite us. To us it seems that they have run out of ideas.

“We do not expect them to be saying what they are saying because we tend to think that they do not like us. We are not so worried about what they are saying but what could happen if they were elected into power,” he said.

Former Local Government and Housing minister Sylvia Masebo opposed the construction project on the basis that it could not be built in a residential area.

Ms Masebo, who is now a PF member, recently attacked President Rupiah Banda and maintained that the mosque should not have been built.

Efforts to get a comment from Ms Masebo on the concerns raised by the Islamic Supreme Council of Zambia failed as her mobile phone was switched off.

However, PF vice-president Guy Scott said the party would not destroy any mosques in the country.

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