Lusaka Clergy Pastor Choolwe has joined the juju debate responding to Civil Activist MacDonald Chipenzi who said Senegal was within it’s right to practice juju during the final match against Zambia.
Chipenzi says practice of juju was after all not illegal in Zambia. He says the Zambian national team were allowed to practice their religion by praying in the pitch and wondered why Senegalese were not allowed to enjoy the same right.
Below is Pastor Choolwe’s full response:
I have heard that some people are trying to suggest that the practice of juju was religion on the part of the Senegalese.
I find this attempt by our Intelligent Zambians to be totally dishonest and an attempt to look like Human Rights heroes.
But let me remind them of the following facts :
1. The people you claim practice juju as a religion have actually refused practicing juju. So whose right of worship are you defending?
2. Don’t talk the constitution. Talk soccer. Use CAF and FIFA rules. While juju maybe worship like you want to claim under our constitution , when you bring it to soccer it may amount to cheating. And that is why the Senegalese coach distanced himself from it. When you read FIFA and CAF rules, assuming the juju does not work, the simple carrying of objects into the playing field is prohibited.
3. Sports is sports. Zambians were not crying for practice of Christianity on the pitch but for fairness. We were ready to win or lose but fairly so. Unless you want to claim that witchcraft does not work then we will declare you totally unworthy of an intelligent conversation with us.
4. The next time you want to defend Senegal you must also remember that in terms of religion many of them are Muslims and not Jujuists if there is anything like that. So even there no-one told you that it’s their religion. You are assuming and concocting this to look nice and civilized but sorry not this time. This is sports.
Ask even the drunk guys who were shouting Holy Ghost fire yesterday. Their concern is the unfairness that witchcraft brings into a sport which should be handled fairly. If you doubt that witchcraft can change a game, I will conclude that we can’t even engage your not sincere minds.
So dear intelligent colleagues, please find another opportunity to display your Human Rights experties, your know-how in the freedom of worship etc. This time around your good points don’t apply. We are talking sports here and even the people you want to defend know that juju in sports amounts to cheating or atleasts suggests so.
Please stick to sports. JUJU IS CHEATING AND YOU KNOW IT. So talk sports. Sports must be sports. Leave religion out of this.
I AM NOT A LAWYER BUT I THINK THE WITCHRAFT ACT WAS ENACTED TO PREVENT THE HARMFUL USE OF JUJU TO DISADVANTAGE OTHERS. So while you want to claim it is a religion, the Zambian laws criminalised it. Lawyers may correct me on this.
Conclusion is JUJU is cheating. So it was not Christianity Vs juju. It was fairness vs cheating.