PF now target their energies to divide the Catholic Church
The PF propaganda machinary has now started a campaign to divide the Catholic Church using “tribalism” in an effort to embarrass his grace Archbishop Telesphore Mpundu.
So far, K5 million has been released to pay Catholic Bishops to attack Archbidhop Mpundu. We understand Bishop Alice Banda of Ndola collected his brown envelope from State House on Saturday evening.
The PF machinery using discredited Journalist Tilyenje Mwanza has been phoning “tribally” inclined PF bishops to disassociate themselves from the statement read by his Grace.
However their desperation seems to be wrongly targeted as the statement was made by the three church mother bodies but only read by the Archbishop.
Below is a statement written by Tilyenje and is being cicukated by the PF propaganda machinery. The route taken by the Lungu administration is reminsecnet of what Rupiah Banda was doing while in State House.
*CHIPATA CATHOLIC DISTANCE THEMSELVES FROM ARCHBISHOP TELESPHORE MPUNDU’S STATEMENT*
*…Those are his personal views*
ARCHBISHOP Telesphore Mpundu’s statement is not reflective of the entire Catholic Church as it was not done in consultation with us says Chipata Catholic Auxiliary Bishop Benjamin Phiri.
The Chipata Auxiliary Bishop is the second Bishop from Ndola diocese bishop to distance himself from the statement issued by Archbishop Telesphore Mpundu who declared Zambia as being under dictatorship.
Bishop Benjamin stated that a it was not appropriate to have a statement circulating as having been issued by ZCCB when the membership was not consulted.
“Whatever was said and is inappropriate does not represent the official position of the Catholic Church in Zambia,” he said
He noted that the Church’s official position was to play a mother’s role to all.
The Auxiliary Bishop noted that the Catholic Church could not take sides of political parties as it’s membership was very diverse.
“Whatever was said there we were not consulted… what is supposed to happen is that we are supposed to go to Lusaka sit down if we want to issue a particular statement,” Bishop Phiri said.
“That is the view of the one who issued the statement not the official position of the church, so I want this to be very clear.”
Bishop Phiri alleged that a few people with a private agenda are using the Churches name.
He went on to also refute the pastoral letter that was issued by the Archbishop in April noting that it too was not crafted in consultation.
“That to is a position of the bishops, it was the position of an individual who issued the statement in the name of the institution or organisation. But it is not the correct position.”
He observed that it is for thus reason that the dioceses across the country had not been reading the pastoral letter that was issued.