Heed ZEC’S advice – govt told

Government has been advised to take heed of the Zambia Episcopal Conference (ZEC)’s pastoral letter as guidance on the things they have failed to deliver.

Political analyst Dante Saunders said the step taken by the church showed that they were concerned about what the country had become, under the PF leadership.

Mr Saunders said the checks and balances provided by the opposition were obviously not enough to convince the PF government to change and this has lead to its failure to deliver to the people’s expectations.

He reiterated that he expected the PF government to respond to the church’s concerns for the Zambian people.

“I am glad that the church has taken a leading role to ensure they spoke for the voiceless in the society, and we expect the PF government to heed to that whether they like it or not. There is still a lot government must work on to ensure everything is on course for the benefit of all the Zambian people,” he said.

Mr Saunders said issues some sectors of society had been raising about the PF government should not be seen as an attempt to embarrass the leadership but were aimed at helping the government to achieve.

He accused the PF government of being inconsistent; saying that it had not done much that could benefit the entire country, but instead continued initiating many programmes they knew could not be fulfilled.

He said most of the programmes initiated by government were not included in the 2013 budget, and would be difficult to be implemented in the long run.

“These things we are talking about are not just meant to criticize the sitting government, but these are the issues that must be raised so that they benefit the people of Zambia.  And it is the duty of Government to act and carry everyone along when important decisions are being made,” he said.

Mr Saunders said most of the decisions the government made were done without consulting, hence failed to be implemented because they lacked knowledge on how to go about them.