Friday, January 29, 2010
By Justin Katilungu in Kabwe
Fri 29 Jan. 2010, 04:00 CAT
BWACHA Parish Catholic Church chairman Sydney Mushanga is disappointed that the National Constitutional Conference (NCC) is formulating clauses targeting individuals instead of the well being of the Zambian people.
Mushanga, who is also a former MMD member said in a statement issued in Kabwe yesterday said that it was saddening that the NCC had failed to yield to expectations of the majority Zambians.
“We knew from the word go that the NCC was not going to come up with positive results. For example take a look at the degree clause for a Presidential candidate; this move is just aimed at disadvantaging certain politicians like Michael Sata,” he said.
Mushanga stated that the MMD government had lost direction in handling contentious issues of the nation and that was why he led several other members to leave the party late last year.
“We decided to defect to the PF because we believe that it is only president Sata who has a tangible programme to develop Zambia after he wins the 2011 elections,” Mushanga said.
He said that Zambia required a leader that would inspire trust and confidence to the citizens and only Sata had the political will to providing such leadership.
Mushanga said the MMD government lacked honesty and political will to improve the welfare of the Zambian people.
Mushanga has been an MMD official since 1998 and in 2006, he applied to be adopted as MMD candidate for the Bwacha Parliamentary seat currently under Gladys Nyirongo.
He urged politicians attacking the Catholic Church and its bishops to stop doing so forthwith and instead concentrate on strengthening their political parties ahead of the 2011 elections.
“Political parties come and go, governments come and go, but the Catholic Church and its bishops shall always be there,” he said.
Mushanga prayed for the courageous bishops to continue being the voice of the voiceless.
He wondered why the Catholic Church and its bishops was only thanked and appreciated if it supported certain political parties on national issues and not others.