Scrap Religion Ministry, Catholic Tell Lungu

Scrap Religion Ministry, Catholic Tell Lungu

CATHOLIC priest Fr Arthur Ntembula has asked President Edgar Lungu to scrap the Ministry of Religious Affairs and National Guidance because it has no articulate mandate but unnecessarily costly to the country that has a struggling economy.

In a statement, Fr Ntembula, an assistant administrator at the Cathedral of the Child Jesus in Lusaka, wondered what national guidance the Ministry was offering.

“We are almost hitting a year since the Ministry of Religious Affairs and National Guidance was established and I still ask the same question: ‘Is this ministry really necessary? What national guidance is the ministry offering? I heard, in the recent past, the minister (Reverend Godfridah Sumaili) issued a statement regarding mushrooming churches and their false prophets; isn’t this just an attempt to be seen to be doing something? The minister is under pressure to be seen to be functioning within a ministry that doesn’t have an articulate mandate and utterly spelt out necessity,” Fr Ntembula stated.

Okay, when the minister goes to her office with her ‘technocrats’ and others, what exactly do they do? Isn’t this ministry just gobbling resources unnecessarily? We are in a biting economy and saving every ngwee for critical needs is of paramount importance.

He further wondered why President Lungu could not just make a bold decision to scrap the ministry to save money.

“I can assure you that subsidizing electricity will be more beneficial to the people than keeping a ministry whose work can be done by a Church mother body or just a committee of some kind. When electricity tariffs go up, the cost of production goes up too and it is the poor consumer in the compound that feels the bite the most because commodities consequently go up as well. It is like what happens when the fuel price goes up,” stated Fr Ntembula.

“I still appeal to bakateka (President) to revisit this ministry, scrap it and channel resources to more begging areas. Some people may not like this submission, but sometimes we have to be bold when something needs to be questioned and evaluated.”

8 Responses to "Scrap Religion Ministry, Catholic Tell Lungu"

  1. enock   May 13, 2017 at 9:34 am

    Imwe ba Father tekanyeni.upeni bwangu,niwemwafusha abashimbe.

  2. kaitano   May 13, 2017 at 10:26 am

    Father, you are spot on, i cannot put it any better. Iwee Lungu c1kala thats not the way to create jobs.

  3. alinuwila   May 13, 2017 at 4:52 pm

    Time really changes. To this day abusive language on social media is a normal thing. A clear erosion of moral fiber.

  4. Capitalist nigga   May 13, 2017 at 7:22 pm

    Indeed this ministry is irrelevant, only benefits bapente!

  5. Chambuleni   May 14, 2017 at 8:46 am

    Kindly avoid insults. We are family and, God sees us all as such. To all Women, happy Mothers Day. You do not need to have Children to be a Mother but, the Heart of our Mother Maria.

  6. IK   May 15, 2017 at 8:02 am

    I agree with ba father, I think there is no need of having this ministry. Some other churches will be thinking that The top leadership of this ministry are supporting the churches they come from. Even when it comes to decision making, they will be making decisions to suit their churches and some churches won’t like it at last there will be division.

  7. Chilankalipa   May 15, 2017 at 3:47 pm

    Yes, scrap that Ministry, scrap ERB and finally scrap yourself and your fellow masquerades.

  8. Silvia   May 17, 2017 at 7:24 am

    Spot on father. I agree 100% the ministry is very very very irrelevant.