Cadre cler­ics caned

Daily Nation Newspaper - - KOPALA NEWS - By ROGERS KALERO

A CLER­GY­MAN at Saint Mary's Angli­can Church in Mu­fulira says cler­gy­men tak­ing par­ti­san sides in the po­lit­i­cal stages are pub­lic.

Fa­ther Ge­orge Njovu said cler­gy­men should be coura­geous, frank and hon­est to politi­cians from both the rul­ing party and the op­po­si­tion by telling them the truth whether it hurts them or not.

He was speak­ing on Satur­day at St Mary's Angli­can Church dur­ing a Thanks­giv­ing mass where the Mu­fulira Mayor, Mr Gift Mushinge was thank­ing the church for the sup­port given to him and for the prayers ahead of the peace­ful elec­tions of 2016 elec­tions.

He said how­ever that cler­gy­men, who have de­cided to take par­ti­san sides in the po­lit­i­cal realm will find it dif­fi­cult to give fair, hon­est and gen­uine ad­vice to those they were sup­port­ing for fear of of­fend­ing them.

"But, if you are a neu­tral, coura­geous, frank and hon­est cler­gy­men you will not find it dif­fi­cult to ad­vise politi­cians from both the op­po­si­tion or rul­ing party if they go wrong,

“But if you are eat­ing from one of the two of them, you will join the po­lit­i­cal bat­tles so that you con­tinue eat­ing with them and in the process, you will be­come ir­rel­e­vant,” he said

Fa­ther Njovu said lead­er­ship came from God and op­po­si­tion lead­ers should re­spect those in au­thor­ity, while wait­ing for their turn to form gov­ern­ment if at all they were des­tined to form one.

He said op­po­si­tion lead­ers should not use hate-speech, name-call­ing, mal­ice and mud­sling­ing as a way of get­ting into lead­er­ship, but should pa­tiently wait upon God.

"Ev­ery lead­er­ship comes from God and so even Pres­i­dent Edgar Lungu was put there by God. So the op­po­si­tion should not get emo­tional and start in­sult­ing those in au­thor­ity. They should wait for their turn to form gov­ern­ment,” Fa­ther Njovu said

Mr Mushinge said he was grate­ful to God who worked through Pres­i­dent Lungu and the peo­ple of Mu­fulira to make him be­come Mayor.

Gift Mushinge

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