By Times Reporter

THE MMD has expressed shock at the Catholic Church’s decision to question the reconciliation between President Mwanawasa and Patriotic Front (PF) president, Michael Sata.
Party spokesperson, Benny Tetamashimba said in a statement in Lusaka yesterday that the Catholic Church should take a leading role in reconciling people and urging them to forgive one another.
“The MMD is surprised that the Catholic Church, instead of encouraging the forgiveness and reconciliation that the two leaders publicly spoke to the world about, they are the ones questioning the contents of the reconciliation.
“Why is it difficult for the Catholic Church to accept the reconciliation and forgiveness between the two popular political leaders in the country,” Mr Tetamashimba said.
Reiterating that the MMD would continue supporting the reconciliation, Mr Tetamashimba said forgiveness and reconciliation are from God and whenever people exercised them no one, not even the Church, should scorn them.
He said that the Church should not judge others because that should be left in the hands of God who is the judge.
He said if the Catholic Church had some questions, it should request to meet Dr Mwanawasa and Mr Sata to get clarifications from the two political leaders.
“We do not want the Catholic Church where Mr Michael Sata has been a staunch member for over a ‘century’ now to question his wisdom for forgiveness and reconciliation,” he said
On the issue of Senior Chief Nzamane’s comment on the MMD candidate in Milanzi parliamentary by-elections, Mr Tetamashimba said:
“Although it is not correct for the MMD to challenge a chief’s statement in public, we wish to state that the MMD stand is that we select the candidates according to what we get on the ground from the people.
“The MMD wishes to inform the traditional leader that in respect of Milanzi, we believe only Chewa chiefs led by Gawa Undi can blame us for picking any candidate or challenge us on what we have delivered to the people,’’ he said.
He said the party candidate had the blessings of the Chewa royal establishment and that the development that the Government had achieved when Rose Banda was member of Parliament was there for all to see. He expressed confidence that the people of the area would vote for the ruling party.