UPND presidential candidate Hakainde Hichilema has called on the Church in Zambia to lead in rebuilding peace and healing divisions that have been created in the country.
His call comes in the wake of the a spate of politically motivated violence that has rocked some parts of the country and resulted in loss of lives.
“This Sunday we focus our prayers on those who were injured and lost their lives on Friday, along with their family and friends. We pray that God will comfort them during this terrible time and we pray for an end to violence,” Hichilema said I’m a message posted on his Facebook page.
“As campaigns are paused in Lusaka by the ECZ we appeal to the Church bodies to once again hold a meeting to lead in rebuilding the peace and healing the divisions that have been created in our nation.
“My appeal to you this morning is as you go to Church today and spend cherished time with your loved ones please remember and share the message that we are calling for peace and that we condemn any act of violence, regardless of provocation. We are all Gods children, and as his children the life he has given us is sacred,” he addend.
He concluded by quoting 1 John 4:11-12 (NIV), which reads:
“Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. No one has ever seen God; but if we love one another, God lives in us and his love is made complete in us.”