CHIEF Government spokesperson Chishimba Kambwili is concerned that some people are making derogatory remarks against President Lungu for no justifiable reason.
And Government says it values the immense contribution of the Catholic Church in various spheres of life among them education, health and community service.
“There are some people who have chosen to issue derogatory remarks all the time against President Edgar Lungu for no justifiable cause at all. Day in, day out, they are insulting the Head of State through a particular newspaper on baseless grounds,” Mr Kambwili said yesterday.
Mr Kambwili, who is also Minister of Information and Broadcasting Services, said this at the launch of Saint Charles Borromeo golden jubilee in Luanshya.
He also called on the church not to fold its arms but rise to the occasion by praying for “these people so that they are forgiven of their acts for they do not know what they are doing, as the Bible says.”
He called on the church to speak out against indecent and disrespectful language against leaders as this is in conflict with Zambia’s status as a Christian nation.
“This is not to say leaders should not be criticised, not at all, but what we are saying is that let us be decent and sincere in our comments on national issues and give credit where, and when it is due,” he said.
Mr Kambwili further said, the PF government has only been in office for hardly four years and has achieved so much within a short period.
He, however, noted that there are some economic challenges the country is experiencing such as the fluctuating exchange rate of the local currency.
He said a number of countries in the region and beyond are also experiencing a slump in the value of their currencies against the United States dollar.
“And this is the situation Government is working hard to reverse and redress through various measures both short and long-term,” he said.
Mr Kambwili commended the Church’s role, particularly St Charles Borromeo, for playing an active role in uplifting people’s living standards in Luanshya since it’s inception 49 years ago.
Earlier, father Ben Kapembwa said the occasion was charged with symbolism and each element carried meaning that is rooted in the rich history of the parish.
The launch of the golden jubilee – 1966 to 2016 – was dubbed “Glorifying God through, stewardship, talent and prayer.”