Tuesday, March 18, 2008
Tuesday March 18, 2008 [03:00]
UNITED Church of Zambia (UCZ) Copperbelt Presbytery Bishop Committee Njase has said it is disheartening that most members of parliament abandon their electorate when they start enjoying luxury life. Speaking on Sunday at St Peter’s UCZ congregation in Chambishi township during the induction service of Reverend Lydia Chella Nachilima Sichinsambwe, Bishop Njase charged that some members of parliament were mere job seekers and had no heart to serve their electorate.
He said he was disappointed that some roads in Chambishi township were in a deplorable state while most people were living in dilapidated structures not fit for human habitation.
He said members of parliament should show commitment and dedication to improving the lives of people, instead of abandoning their constituencies and enjoying luxury life, while the electorate were wallowing in poverty.
“When I was coming here I almost shed tears of sorrow to see the deplorable state of roads in the area and the type of houses people are living in. I was wondering whether this place has got its MP and if the MP has seen the deplorable state of the roads and the state of some houses in which his electorate are living,” he said.
“I must say it is disheartening that most MPs are just using the electorate as stepping stones to Parliament and later abandon them when they start enjoying luxury life in Lusaka. These MPs, they do not even bother to come even during weekends just to come and see how the electorate are struggling.”
And Bishop Njase urged Christians to fight social ills like corruption, disease, rape and defilement that have continued in the country.
He also urged the Church to become actively involved in agriculture to produce food and alleviate poverty and hunger.
“As a Church, your role does not only end at preaching, but being practical and ensuring that you involve yourselves in agriculture to produce food so that you alleviate hunger. The Church should be self-sustaining in most of the things. The Church must also engage in various community projects,” said Bishop Njase.