Wednesday, May 15, 2013

"Avoid politics of the belly, care for electorate," Zambian bishop urges politicians

From ACNS-

Bishop of the Anglican Diocese of Eastern Zambia, the Rt Revd William Mchombo has challenged Zambian politicians to stop practicing “politics of the belly if they genuinely care for the electorate”.

The bishop made the call during the 10th Synod of the Diocese of Eastern Zambia held from the 2 to 5 May at St Luke’s Cathedral in Msoro, an area in the Eastern Province of Zambia.

“The crossing of opposition members of parliament to the ruling party thereby necessitating the holding of by-elections has become another matter of great concern,” noted the Bishop.
In the statement that addressed various social, economic and political aspects of the country, the bishop emphasised that public funds should be channeled towards developmental activities such as education and health.


“While it is appreciated that no-one is breaking the law by crossing the floor, this is one occurrence that can easily be avoided if indeed the people involved genuinely care for the electorate and not practicing what is now known as politics of the belly,” said Bishop Mchombo was referring to the recent trend of Zambian opposition Members of Parliament (MPs) stepping down and defecting to the ruling Patriot Front party with the hope of being adopted and contesting again under the ruling party.

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