Catholic Bishops speak out on constitution

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His Eminence Medardo Joseph Cardinal Mazombwe, Archbishop Emeritus of Lusaka.jpeg

Catholic Bishops in the country have demanded that government releases the draft constitution to the Zambian people.

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Delivering a key note speech at a press conference in Lusaka this morning, Zambia Episcopal Conference (ZEC) president Ignatius Chama says the Catholic Church notes with deep concern that strides the country could have made continue to be eroded by governance arrogance.

Archbishop Chama who was flanked by Catholic Bishops from across the country notes that there is a lack of demonstration of humility in the leadership of the country which has led to lack of stakeholder consultation on key policy matters.

He also wonders why those that try to question certain governance practices are treated with scorn and humiliation in a democratic country.

Archbishop Chama stresses that it is imperative for the Patriotic Front government to decisively set a legacy for itself and bring the matter of the constitution to its logical conclusion acceptable by all stakeholders.

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Archbishop Chama has commended the technical committee for the work done so far on the constitution.

And responding to concerns that the church has been quite on issues affecting the nation, Lusaka Archbishop Telesphore Mpundu says the church has been seriously engaging with other stakeholders on the way forward.

Archbishop Mpundu also spoke out against government’s interference in traditional affairs.

He further called on government to immediately withdraw the introduction of local languages in schools stating that it is a violation of human rights.

The conference of bishops has also expressed concern with the way government is dragging its feet in enacting the freedom of information bill.

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