The Christian Democratic Party (CDP) has commended government for upholding the African Union’s decision to reject the practice of homosexuality in the country.
CDP president, Daniel Pule, said government deserved commendation for being alert to reject Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer (LGBTQ) rights in the face of mainly the West liberal participants who have discreetly pushed the evil agenda in Zambia.
Pule told Zambia Monitor that the African Union also deserved commendation for denouncing LGBTQ rights.
The CDP leader has also maintained his stance in calling for the resignation of Chief Justice Mumba Malila for advocating for the respect of gay rights in Zambia.
“Malila should come out clean regarding media reports suggesting that he has been a strong advocate of gay rights on international platforms as a guest panelist in view of the fact that the Chief Justice swore to uphold the Constitution of Zambia whose laws forbids practices of homosexuality,” he said.
On Friday last week, Malila delivered a public lecture at the University of Zambia as part of the events to mark the Silver Jubilee of the Supreme Court where he defended gay persons and Pule said this was in bad taste because Zambia was a Christian nation.
“The Christian Democratic Party led administration shall govern according to the Zambian laws, biblical values and the good traditional practices and vices like homosexuality which are illegal in Zambian and unbiblical, shall not be tolerated as is the case under the UPND government and President Hichilema,” he said.
Pule’s comment came in the wake of Ministry of Health Permanent Secretary, Christopher Simoonga’s directive to all provincial health directors and cooperating partners in Zambia to reject the use of the term “Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights” in campaign messages.
In an internal memorandum to all Provincial Health Directors and Cooperating Partners dated September 21, 2023, Simoonga stated that the 2nd Joint Africa-European Union Ministerial meeting held in Kigali Rwanda in October 2021 rejected the use of the term “Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights.”
“This is because the inclusion of the words “Sexual” and Rights in the same phrase is inclusion of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer rights. Zambia was part of the decision by the African Union and does not support LGBTQ rights,” he said.
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