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‘I’ll Sort You Out,’ Sata Warns Senior Catholic Priest

sata-priestPresident Michael Sata has threatened to sort out Chipata Catholic Diocese Bishop George Lungu with unspecified action for holding prayers and allowing constitution advocates to converge at St Antanazio Parish in the Eastern Province administrative capital last week.

Following a successful meeting by the Grand Coalition pushing the release of the draft constitution, intelligence officers informed President Sata about the proceedings. The information given to President Sata was detailed with those in attendance pictured while organizers clearly named.

Bishop Lungu was named as one of the main organizers critical of President Sata’s decision to renegade on the campaign promise to enact a new people driven constitution within 90 days of assuming power.

Immediately President Sata was given a detailed briefing about the activities of the constitution meeting which the Grand Coalition is taking countrywide, he picked the phone and called Bishop Lungu.

A visibly threatened Bishop Lungu revealed the chilling conversation with President Sata to his congregants last Sunday but declared he was ready to die for Zambia.

During homily at St Mary’s Seminary, Bishop Lungu revealed that President Sata called him last week Monday pouring accusations on him of allowing civil society organizations, the church and opposition members to converge at St Antanazio Parish for the constitution meeting.

When Bishop Lungu attempted to put up a defence and explain to President Sata that it was within the citizen’s right to demand that which was theirs, he was told to be careful.

President Sata then unleashed on him saying he ought to watch his steps and mark his boundaries by staying clear of the constitution debate for if he did not, he’ll be sorted out.

A local Catholic Radio Station, Radio Maria carried  a news item on Sunday in which it also reported Bishop Lungu’s revelations of the encounter with a seething President Sata.

President Sata is in the habit of calling political critics and opponents either threathening them to cow into submission or dangling carrots to toll the line of the government of the day.

In August 2012, President Michael Sata ordered the deportation of a Rwandese Catholic priest Fr Viateur Banyangandora who was at the time based in Lundazi, Eastern Province for a sermon bordering on the cotton crisis in which he stated the rich were getting richer and the poor were getting poorer.

Fr Banyangandora was returned to Zambia after a vicious campaign among the Catholics that threatened President Sata’s popularity.

5 Comments

  1. Thrash Metal

    It is sad that the catholic church always bears the brunt of brutal dictators like Sata for standing up for what is right for their people. Anyway Bishop Lungu should remain strong and steadfast, the people are with him on this issue.

  2. nshilimubemba

    Zambians dont you have pressing needs to spend time on wrong petty things like constitution talk about jobs roads development , politicians can be so stupid to lie to people

  3. nshilimubemba

    Who is the witness to this bishop is he not just not one of those politicians

  4. Kangalaitoito

    It serves Bishop Lungu and the rest of the Catholic Church right for supporting this man all the way into power. They are responsible for all the mess Zambia is in over the last two and half years. So live with the threats Bishop Lungu I hope you wont evaporate mysteriously.

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