‘Attacks on Fr Chiti unfair’


FR Cleophas Lungu says he is deeply concerned and saddened at the spate of political attacks against Fr Leonard Chiti, in his capacity as chairperson of the Grand Coalition.

Fr Lungu, who is also chairperson for Oasis Forum, said the attacks implied that Fr Chiti was speaking on his account and did not have the support of those constituents that he leads.

On Sunday, Minister of Information and Broadcasting Services Chishimba Kambwili described the Grand Coalition on a campaign for a people driven constitution as a group that represented a minority group who added little value to the nation.

Speaking when he featured on Sunday Interview, Mr Kambwili said Fr. Leonard Chiti, and his coalition members made money to sustain their activities by issuing statements related to the constitution making process.

But Fr Lungu said he found such attacks to be in bad taste as they were attempts by some people to demonize and try to isolate the Grand Coalition, especially Fr Chiti, who carried the full mandate of speaking on behalf of the Coalition and usually after wide consultation.

Fr Lungu said to vilify Fr Chiti in his individual capacity was therefore grossly unfair and highly unchristian.

He said the Oasis Forum supported the position taken by Fr Chiti on behalf of the Grand Coalition because the positions must have been arrived at through dialogue and consensus within the Grand Coalition on behalf of all its constituent members.

Fr Lungu said Fr Chiti’s positions were also being done on behalf the voiceless citizens of Zambia calling for constitutional reforms that meet their needs and aspirations.

“The Oasis Forum therefore strongly condemns the continued personal attacks on Fr Chiti and calls upon all well-meaning Zambians to continue to support him and the just cause for which he is fighting for the greater good of all Zambians,” he said.