UPND leader Hakainde Hichilema says government’s response to the issues raised by Catholic Bishops in their Pastoral letter leaves much to be desired.
Speaking in an interview with Qfm news, Mr. Hichilema says the Pastoral Letter has raised pertinent issues that need urgent attention from government.
Hichilema says his party fully supports the observations of the Catholic Bishops and that the concerns put forward are a representation of the state of affairs in the country.
He says chief government spokesman Kennedy Sakeni should desist from engaging in cheap politicking on issues of national interest that citizens request government to consider.
The opposition party leader says government must listen to the concerns of the people and that Sakeni should appreciate the Pastoral Letter as free counsel.
He says the Pastoral Letter is clear and that any response other than providing clear answers is tantamount to undermining the voice of Zambians as the church speaks for the voiceless and the marginalised in the country.
Hichilema has since urged other members of the church to speak out against the injustices allegedly being perpetrated by the ruling Patriotic Front
But chief government spokesperson Kennedy Sakeni. who is also Information and Broadcasting Services Minister, said government values its partnership with the church and is therefore reluctant to engage it on national issues through the media.
He said government has an open door and inclusive policy in which all stakeholders are free to engage in dialogue over issues of concern in building a better and prosperous nation.