Lusaka, 26 June, 2020 / 10:00 pm (ACI Africa).
The Catholic laity in Zambia are demanding an apology from the Catholic Members of Parliament (MPs) in the Eastern African country for allegedly faulting the position of the Catholic Bishops on the highly contested Constitutional Amendment Bill of 2019 also known as Bill 10, which the Bishops have termed “divisive.”
Through their umbrella association, the Zambia National Council for the Catholic Laity (ZNCCL), the Catholic lay faithful in the country pledged their solidarity with their Shepherds under the Zambia Conference of Catholic Bishop (ZCCB) forum and expressed concern that the Catholic legislators had dismissed the Bishops as “not reading the bill” to understand it.
“It is of great concern and worrisome to ZNCCL to hear the Chairperson of the so called Catholic Parliamentarians accusing the ZCCB of not reading the Bill which is contrary to the contents of the statement,” said ZNCCL National Chairman, Clement Chinama, in a message that was published on the Bishops’ official Facebook Friday, June 26.
ZNCCL is the umbrella organization for all the national lay apostolic movements and organizations, and Diocesan laity councils in Zambia.
Referencing a communique issued earlier by the Bishops opposing the bill, the lay official added, “From the statement, issued by ZCCB President, Rt. Rev. Bishop George Lungu, it clearly indicates that it is possibly the socalled Catholic Parliamentarians who do not read, but make reactions based on their Political party lines.”