The Oasis Forum is deeply concerned and saddened at the spate of political attacks against Fr. Leonard Chiti, SJ, in his capacity as Chairperson of the Grand Coalition. The said attacks imply that Fr. Chiti is speaking on his own account and does not have the support of those constituents that he leads.
We also find it to be in bad taste the attempts by some people to demonise and try to isolate the Grand Coalition, especially its Chairperson, Fr Chiti, who carries the full mandate
of speaking on behalf of the Grand Coalition and usually after wide consultation and deliberation by the various committees of the Coalition. To vilify him in his individual capacity is therefore grossly unfair and highly unchristian.
As members of the Grand Coalition, the Oasis Forum and its constituent members: the Zambia Episcopal Conference (ZEC), the Law Association of Zambia (LAZ), the Council of Churches in Zambia (CCZ), the Non-Governmental Organizations’ Coordinating Council (NGOCC) and the Evangelical Fellowship of Zambia (EFZ) stand solidly with and wholeheartedly support Fr. Chiti. The Oasis
Forum further supports the positions taken by Fr. Chiti on behalf of the Grand Coalition as the positions that have been arrived at through dialogue and consensus within the Grand Coalition on behalf of all its constituent members but more importantly on behalf the voiceless citizens of Zambia calling for constitutional reform that meets their needs and aspirations.
The Oasis Forum therefore strongly condemns the continued personal attacks on Fr. Chiti and calls upon all well-meaning Zambians to continue to support him and the just cause for which he is fighting for the greater good of all Zambians.
Fr. Cleophas Lungu
CHAIRPERSON – OASIS FORUM