November 17, 2003
The Times of Zambia reported recently that while vice-President Nevers Mumba was addressing a group of journalism students on corruption and freedom of the press, he also encouraged the church to stand against "unbiblical practises".
The Times, in an article called "Security Wings Free to Probe, Arrest Mabenga" on November 6, 2003 reported that vice-President Nevers Mumba said that the security wings are at liberty to probe and arrest former Mulobezi member of Parliament Michael Mabenga for alleged misuse of K29.8 million Constituency Development Funds (CDF).
Dr Mumba who was addressing 14 trainee journalists at the Post Newspaper office in Lusaka, said this in response to a question as to why even after a Supreme Court ruling that the office of Director of Public Prosecution (DPP) should prosecute Mr Mabenga, no such action had been taken.
"If there is any case, the security wings are at liberty to investigate Mr Mabenga for anything he has done wrong. Just like President Mwanawasa has said, there are no sacred cows in the fight against corruption," he said.
According to the report, on the operations of the media in the country, Dr Mumba expressed Government's commitment in ensuring that the media operated freely and without interference.
He called on the journalism fraternity to maintain high standards in their operations and avoid sensational writing as this could land them in problems.
Despite this ethical stand, however, he also saw fit to condemn the consecration of American gay Anglican bishop, Gene Robinson. He called on the Anglican Church in Zambia and throughout the African continent to stand against such practices because they are unbiblical. –Behind The Mask