Western Province wants MMD out — Duffy
|Mongu Diocese Bishop Paul Duffy—The
Mongu Diocese Bishop Paul Duffy has said most
people in Western Province feel that now is the appropriate time to change the
And Bishop Duffy has asked the government to take the London
High Court judgment registration matter back into the courts because judge Evans
Hamaundu’s judgment was poor.
In an interview from Mongu yesterday,
Bishop Duffy reiterated that the people of Western Province thought it was time
to change from the current government.
“You know I have said here in
Western Province it seems that people think it is time for change,” Bishop Duffy
“We have had the MMD since 1991 and I think it is time for
Bishop Duffy said this was the general feeling of the people he
had interacted with in the area.
Bishop Duffy said President Rupiah
Banda’s government was full of contradictions.
“Well, you know I am
amazed that the donors have been told to pack up and leave,” Bishop Duffy said.
“It will be interesting if all the donors pack up and leave and see what
Bishop Duffy said it was surprising that the government was
telling donors to pack and leave when it kept on borrowing and taking the
country back into the debt trap.
“Some of the borrowing is questionable,”
Bishop Duffy said. “We borrow from the Chinese to buy these hearses that were
supposed to dignify the burial services of the people in rural
Bishop Duffy said most people in Mongu were opting to hire bigger
trucks that take in more people during burials than hiring the
“We borrowed money to buy these Chinese mobile hospitals. Why do
we keep borrowing money from China to buy all these Chinese things? That is the
question,” Bishop Duffy said.
“But I think we are just getting deeper and
deeper into debt, and we are telling people who are giving us grants to leave
this country! Something is wrong. It seems we have got things down and skewed
But chief government spokesperson Lieutenant General Ronnie
Shikapwasha called on Zambians to support President Banda’s
“Specifically as the President spoke, it is necessary for the
nation to rally behind the President; donors are partners, and the President was
speaking to partners,” he said.
When asked if the government could not
use diplomatic channels to communicate to partners, Lt Gen Shikapwasha, who is
also information minister, said the President had the prerogative to choose when
“The President has the prerogative as an executive to choose
when he can speak to people and can’t speak to people; which is the right moment
for him to speak and which is not the right moment for him to speak… and he
chooses the right moment.
He is the only President in the country. God
has given him the wisdom to choose when he can speak,” Lt Gen Shikapwasha
But Bishop Duffy said it was improper for President Banda to attack
the donors considering their contribution to the country’s economy.
can’t bite a finger that feeds you, it does not make sense, no!” Bishop Duffy
And Bishop Duffy said he does not blame former president Frederick
Chiluba for his smiles over the throwing out of the application to register the
London High Court judgment that found him and others liable of defrauding the
Zambian people of US$46 million.
“We say that the Zambian laws are built
on the British law and when Britain has ruled something else we say we have an
independent country. We seem to be contradicting ourselves,” Bishop Duffy
“Why are we saying that our laws are built on their Britain laws
but we seem not to be happy when it comes to a decision that government is not
happy with. They government should definitely bring back the case in the court.
It was a poor judgment.”
Bishop Duffy said Chiluba could afford to smile
because of the Zambian government’s failure to take up the registration of the
London High Court judgment.
“You can’t blame him. He should be smiling
because he doesn’t have a chance to defend himself now that the case was not
taken up by the Zambian government, smile, smile, smile,” said Bishop