|President Michael Sata
— ‘not targeting people who troubled him in the
Zambia Episcopal Conference president Ignatius Chama says
all those involved in the plunder of national resources in the Rupiah Banda
regime should be prosecuted.
In an interview, Archbishop Chama, who is
also Kasama archbishop, said the ongoing
investigations on corruption were not meant for
retribution, rather to establish the truth.
“I believe what the
President is doing is not actually targeting people who troubled him in the
past. The President has been telling us ‘we are trying to fight corruption, not
to fight human beings.’ I am sure he has made it clear that we are fighting
corruption. So, if we find that there are corrupt practices which were done in
the past, we need to investigate. We need to take those cases to court and we
allow the court to do what they are supposed to do,” he said.
Chama said there was need to establish the truth in the manner public resources
were administered in the previous regime.
“It, the fight against
corruption, is a welcome stance because we know what damage corruption can do to
society, to the development of the country. So, if we get a president who is
forthcoming in fighting corruption, my view is that we should give 100 per cent
support to such a President. They are trying to unearth what corrupt practices
were done in the past. It is only when we find out the truth, the truth will
liberate all of us. It will make all of us free. Then at the same time it is the
truth that will encourage all of us to start afresh,” he said.
Chama called on all Zambians to support President Sata’s crusade against
“This crusade should be supported by all of us Zambians so
that truly our country becomes, if possible, 80 per cent, 90 per cent
corrupt-free,” he said.
Archbishop Chama said contrary to assertions by
former Vice-President George Kunda, President Sata was sincere in his fighting
Meanwhile, President Sata has appealed to Archbishop
Chama to lead his congregants in praying for the country and its leadership as
government strives towards making Zambia a better place for all.
statement issued by special assistant to the President for press and public
relations George Chellah, President Sata congratulated Archbishop Chama on his
elevation as Archbishop of Kasama by Pope Benedict XVI on January 12, 2012.
President Sata described Archbishop Chama’s elevation as a special calling that
carried a huge responsibility of shepherding and providing leadership to the
Catholic faithful in the diocese and the country as a whole.
elevating Archbishop Chama, the Holy Father has shown confidence and faith in
his abilities to provide spiritual leadership to the Catholic congregants,”
President Sata said.
“Even as he embarks on this momentous task, we
assure the Archbishop that he is accompanied by prayers and good wishes from
myself, family and government. When we are called to serve, we must always
dedicate ourselves to God, family and country. Our actions must demonstrate this
President Sata reaffirmed the government’s commitment to
strengthening the partnership between the Church and State.