Stop Lying During Campaigns, Bishop Lungu Tells Politicians
Chipata ~ Sun, 22 Nov 2020
By Chris Phiri
Chipata Diocese Bishop George Lungu has called on politicians to be truthful in their campaign messages.
Bishop Lungu, who is also president of the Zambia Conference for Catholic Bishops said there shouldn’t be a situation where those who will be voted for to represent people are not seen.
He said politicians only kneel during campaigns and become bosses once elected to power.
The Bishop said politicians who have a heart for people listen and visit them.
Bishop Lungu also mentioned that those entrusted with the responsibility to ensure that politicians reach people with their manifestoes should also be just and fair.
He stressed the need for fair play and justice in the electoral process.
He said this in his sermon during mass to mark Paramount Chief Mpezeni’s 38th Anniversary on the throne at Ephendukeni palace yesterday.
“They should not be biased thereby allowing others to campaign while others are not allowed. There is need for fair play there is need for justice. That’s what it means if we want peace. Peace comes as a result of justice. No justice no peace so peace and justice are related,” he said.
“Again those of you who compete if you want peace, tell us the truth. In Nsenga we say “wenye uwelela” (a lie always boomerangs or a lie go back to the one who tell it). Tell the truth about what you are going to do or what you didn’t do. Again, those who have reached the right age should go and register so that you choose the person of your choice. Your vote is power because it employs someone or fires someone,” he said.
The Bishop also appealed to traditional leaders to avoid being in the forefront in the campaigns “if we want peace during elections.
He said chiefs would destroy their work and destabilize peace if they engage in politics.
Bishop Lungu said traditional leaders should excuse themselves every time politicians entice them to join campaigns.
“I want to be very clear, Nkosi and all the surbordinate chiefs, if we want peace during elections, I appeal to the chiefs not to be seen to be in the forefront in the campaigns. These are politics and you are going to destroy your work and destabilize peace. A chief embraces all the people whether good or bad, whether from UPND, for Mulyokela or from PF or from any party……When politicians come to try and entice you to join campaigns, you should excuse yourself and tell them that ‘I don’t want my subjects to blame me tomorrow or after tomorrow. I am appealing to traditional leaders, let us not abuse our positions. It’s easy to bring confusion if we are not careful on matters to do with elections. Let the people make their own free choices,” he said.
And Chief Madzimawe said while Zambians pray for peaceful elections they should first have inner peace in their homes.
Chief Madzimawe said traditional leaders and every leader should promote peace.
Meanwhile, Mwale who represented President Lungu said government recognizes the role that Paramount chief Mpezeni plays in the promotion of peace and stability.
He said there is no confusion in all the Ngoni chiefdoms because the traditional leader promotes peace and stability “and this manifest in all the chiefdoms.”
“The Paramount Chief unites people from various backgrounds across the country.”
Speaking at the same event, Luangeni MP Charles Zulu said Bishop Lungu was spot on in his message because politicians like lies.