Government should scrutinize mushrooming churches GET Involved Zambia (GIZ) has called on government to scrutinize mushrooming churches following recent developments implicating clergy men in dubious activities.
Speaking to the Lusaka Star, GIZ Executive Director, Fr Frank Bwalya said government should scrutinise mushrooming churches as some of them have become platforms for criminal activity.
"They are platforms for money laundering and other criminal activities and that has a negative effect on both the social order and the economy," he explained.
Fr Bwalya stated that government had no choice but to ensure that the clergy are examined frequently. He noted that doing so would deter the clergy from engaging in illicit behaviour.
Fr Bwalya emphasised that to ensure order, churches should be part of church mother bodies as this would guarantee effective contribution, development and good governance on the part of the church.
"Affiliation to a mother body will make it easier for both the public and government to check on them for reasons of accountability," Fr Bwalya explained.
He said certain clergymen were denting the image of Christians in the country. He therefore urged government to work with church mother bodies to curb some of the vices somes churches were engaged in.
Fr Bwalya revealed that some clergy men had found it easy to engage in criminal activities using the name of the church because a lot of people have faith and respect in the so called 'Men of God'.
"It is very easy for people to engage in criminal activities and use the name of the church as a cover, but such people are just thieves tarnishing the name of those clergy men who truly want to serve the interest of the people under the vocation of God," Fr Bwalya said.
Recent developments have implicated a number of clergy men in illicit activities including the gruesome murder of NIPA Human Resource student, Ruth Mbandu, in which pastor and bishop have been arrested in connection to the crime.
FIFA GRASSROOTS PROJECT DUE FOR TAKE OFF
The Ministry of Sports and FAZ has laid the ground for FIFA spearheaded grassroots project for youth development.
Ministry of Sports Permanent Secretary Agness Musunga said the project will be under the wings of the Ministry of Education and will target youth from eight years going upwards.
The tripartite agreement will be signed next Wednesday and will formalize the commitment of the parties to work together to implement the FIFA Grassroots Project from 2017-2020.
“The FIFA Grassroots project will cover three parties which is Ministry of Education, Sports and FAZ,” she said.
And FAZ General Secretary Ponga Liwewe said that the project will enhance the development of football.
Liwewe said the move was part of the wider goal of FAZ to develop youth football.
FAZ president Andrew Kamanga put youth football on top of his developmental agenda pinning it among his three key areas that involved league restructuring, referees education and youth football on top of his transparency gospel.
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FIFA RESPONDS TO FAZ COMPLAINT ON NIGERIA APPEAL
FIFA has put a close to the debate around the complaint lodged by the Football Association of Zambia (FAZ) over an Augustine Mulenga disallowed goal in the 1-0 loss against Nigeria in a Russia 2018 World Cup qualifier on October 7.
The World soccer governing body has ruled that it would not act on the complaint as per their regulations there was no evidence of external influence or manipulation.
According to a letter signed by Disciplinary Committee vice chairperson Julien Deux, dated October 17, 2017 there could be no action as guided by article 5.6 of the FIFA regulations the referee’s decision is final.
“In this context, we refer your association to article 15 par 6, of the regulations of the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia, which clearly stipulates that no protests may be made about the referee’s decisions regarding facts connected with play. Such decisions are final and not subject to appeal,” stated the letter.
“Having said that, and for the sake of good order, we would like to emphasize that on the basis of the documentation and information currently in our possession, there is no evidence of any infringement of the applicable regulations by the referees of the match in question.”
The Football Association of Zambia (FAZ) filed a complaint with FIFA seeking an independent review of the match officiated by Botswana referee Joshua Bondo.
There was widespread outcry for FAZ to appeal to FIFA over the disallowed goal with parallels drawn with other situations where the world soccer governing body had ordered replays.
FAZ president Andrew Kamanga had told journalists on the permutations of the outcome when journalists pressed him in the aftermath of the match in Uyo.
“But the rules being what they are you cannot overturn the decision of the referee,” Kamanga said.
“The only basis is when there was external influence. So the referee maybe carpeted for making a wrong decision but the decision still stands and unfortunately that is where we stand.”
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