Lusaka, 02 September, 2021 / 9:00 pm (ACI Africa).
An Archbishop in Zambia has said the August 12 presidential election offered citizens of the Southern African nation the opportunity to say “no to impunity.”
In his homily during Holy Mass at State House organized to pray for the new government under the leadership of President Hakainde Hichilema of UPND Alliance, Archbishop Telesphore Mpundu said, “Many people were in a jovial mood on polling day to freely express their choice.”
“Zambians were given a chance to say no to impunity and yes to sanity. That sounds poetic and I’m proud of my own sense of poetry. The celebration continues in a peaceful atmosphere,” Archbishop Mpundu said during the Holy Mass that was organized by Mary Immaculate Catholic Parish Ibex Hill in Lusaka.
The Archbishop who was at the helm of Zambia’s Lusaka Archdiocese until January 2018 when he resigned at the age of 70 added, “Zambians are peaceful people – loving people. They refused to be divided on tribal lines and also to be divided on riches lines. They said no – it was time for change. And this change we couldn’t bring on our own. Only God brought it around.”
Zambians showed great maturity during and after the polls and refused to accept that their country was poor, the 74-year-old Zambian Archbishop said, and observed, “We are rich, only that the riches are misused by people who we have elected to lead us. They betrayed us! So, when we went for elections, we said no to this.”