Priest in­vites Lungu and HH for talks

PRES­I­DENT Edgar Lungu and UPND leader Hakainde Hichilema have been in­vited for talks to end their po­lit­i­cal dif­fer­ences by a Catholic priest, Fa­ther Charles Chilinda.

Daily Nation Newspaper - - HOME NEWS - By MUKOSELA KASALWE

Fa­ther Chilinda said the di­a­logue process be­tween Mr Lungu and Mr Hichilema had taken long and that the two should make peace in hon­our of the legacy of late Pres­i­dent Micheal Sata. The priest seized the mo­ment yes­ter­day, at St. Ig­natius where Mr. Lungu led the Sata fam­ily and thou­sands of peo­ple from all walks of life for a memorial ser­vice in hon­our of Mr Sata, the late fifth repub­li­can Pres­i­dent and founder of the rul­ing Pa­tri­otic Front ( PF). Pres­i­dent Lungu who was in the au­di­ence was seen smil­ing and nod­ding fol­low­ing the re­marks made by fa­ther Chilinda much to the ju­bi­la­tion of the con­gre­ga­tion. St. Ig­natius Catholic Church where Mr. Sata used to con­gre­gate was filled to ca­pac­ity and at­tracted peo­ple from all walks of life who came to pay homage to a man they de­scribed as “a man of ac­tion and of the peo­ple”. Fa­ther Chilinda said he had con­vinced Mr Sata to reach out to Mr Mwanawasa at State House with whom he was at log­ger­heads at the time. ‘‘I thank you the Pres­i­dent for the words you have shared with us in this house of God where the late Mr. Sata used to con­gre­gate with us on nu­mer­ous oc­ca­sions. ‘‘I ask you the Pres­i­dent to come with your friend Mr. Hichilema here (St. Ig­natius Catholic Church) to for­give each other. This is an of­fi­cial in­vi­ta­tion Mr. Pres­i­dent. This house of God St. Ig­natius you know it very well,’’ Fa­ther Chilinda said. The priest said the Arch­bishop of Lusaka Fa­ther Alick Banda was avail­able to over­see the di­a­logue process be­tween the two lead­ers. Pres­i­dent Sata, 77, died four years ago at King Ed­ward VII’s Hos­pi­tal in Lon­don where he had gone for med­i­cal treat­ment.

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