Power and Politics

Kampyongo backs church ban on politicking in religious premises, claims opposition unfairly targeted


Former Home Affairs and Internal Security Minister, Stephen Kampyongo, has welcomed the Archdiocese of Ndola’s ban on political campaigns in churches.

Kampyongo also appealed to Inspector General of Police, Graphael Musamba, to stop deploying uniformed officers to disrupt church services attended by politicians.

Addressing a media briefing in Lusaka on Friday, Kampyongo said the ban by the Catholic clergy was timely and should be supported by all well-meaning politicians.

The Shiwangandu Patriotic Front lawmaker stated that the ban should be fully enforced, ensuring that members of the ruling party are also prohibited from conducting campaigns in churches.

“No one, not even the government, is above the law and should be held accountable for their actions,” he stated.

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Kampyongo criticised the selective enforcement of the Public Order Act, which he claimed was being used to suppress opposition and dissenting voices.

He stated that the government, through the police, should not be allowed to violate citizens’ rights and then claim immunity from prosecution.

“We shall continue to hold the government accountable for their actions, just like any other citizen. The Inspector General of Police should stop using archaic methods of policing,” Kampyongo said.

The Shiwangandu lawmaker also stated the importance of effective governance and leadership, suggesting that the current government was failing to provide security and stability for its citizens.

He claimed that the opposition was being unfairly targeted and that the government was trying to silence them through legal means.

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