CATHOLIC Bishop Raymond Mpezele declined to be honoured at the investiture ceremony at State House on Friday.
Zambia Episcopal Conference (ZEC) Communications Secretary Father Paul Samasumo confirmed yesterday that Bishop Mpezele declined the honour of the Independence Day because he believed he did not deserve an award for his service to mankind.
“Bishop Raymond Mpezele declined the honours not out of ill will,” he said. “Anyone who knows Bishop Mpezele’s humility will not be surprised that he declined. He likes to do things quietly for the people of God.”
Fr. Samasumo said Cabinet Office were last week informed about Bishop Mpezele’s decision to turn down the honour.