Bishop Urges Leaders to Interact With Electorate

THE Catholic Church has called for mutual trust and collaboration between the leaders and citizens.

Speaking when Health Deputy Minister Chitalu Chilufya paid a courtesy call on him in Mansa yesterday, Mansa Catholic Diocese Bishop Patrick Chisanga said there was need for leaders especially Members of Parliament (MPs) to regularly go back to their constituencies and debate with the electorate on issues that concerned them.

Bishop Chisanga said it was imperative that mutual trust between the leaders and the people they represented was built.

“I think we need to develop this mutual trust between our leaders and the people. When you (leaders) speak, we trust what you tell us and when the people speak, you also believe and trust that they are not just speaking from nowhere but they are talking from experience,” he said

Bishop Chisanga also urged Dr Chilufya, who is Mansa Central MP, to ensure that he frequently interacted with his constituents whenever he was in the area.

“Honourable Minister, I think what we need is to continue working together. As you come back to your constituency, it’s important to remember, when you serve on a national level, not to forget us your roots since you draw your authority to serve from the electorate in this area,” he said.

Bishop Chisanga said regular interaction with the electorate would, among other things, instill confidence and there would be no room for speculation.

Bishop Chisanga said the Catholic Church was committed to continue working with the Government in various sectors of the economy such as education and health and cited St Clements School, St Pauls Hospital, Lubwe and St Margaret’s mission hospitals as being under the Diocese.

He, however, bemoaned the dilapidated state in which St Clements School was despite having produced various notable people in society, besides the poor road network leading to the health facilities and appealed to Government to look into the problems.

St Clements School is in August this year celebrating its Golden Jubilee.

Dr Chilufya said Government would continue working with the Church, as it was a critical stakeholder in national development.

Dr Chilufya took note of the concerns raised by Bishop Chisanga and pledged to continue scouting for more resources to be channeled towards the education and health infrastructure in his constituency.

He said some funds had been allocated for the upgrade of infrastructure at the mission hospitals while K50, 000 from the Constituency Development Fund had been allocated to St Clements School for works on the ablution block as well as water and sanitation.

Source : The Times of Zambia

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