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Church deserves respect not insults – Socialist Party

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It is unacceptable to note that since the launch of the National Dialogue, the three Church Mother Bodies (CMB)  has been swimming in the contemptuous sentimental statements from some stakeholders, political party Leaders and individuals, the Socialist Party has charged.
Reacting to the incessant attacks on the Zambia Conference of Catholic Bishops (ZCCB), Council of Churches in Zambia (CCZ) and Evangelical Fellowship of Zambia (EFZ) by the ruling PF and its surrogates, the opposition party says it is regrettable to have such type of leaders who have no feeling for church in a country called a Christian Nation.
“As we may be aware, the national dialogue was on January 18th, 2019 launched by the three Church Mother Bodies with political parties, traditional leaders and the international delegates among others at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross Church in Lusaka. However, Zambia Centre for Interparty Dialogue (ZCID) and Patriotic Front (PF) did not attend.
“We Zambians and Christians in particular, have been irked and depressed to see how the three CMB have continued to be insulted by some people,” said Socialist Party Chingola Coordinator Joseph Kangwa in a statement to the Zambian Eye.
Kangwa finds it amusing that some people would assert that the church has no say in political affairs given Zambia’s status as a Christian Nation and the recent declaration of national day of prayers by the current president Edgar Lungu.
“It is laughable to hear some people saying that the three CMB have no mandate to get involved in either the national dialogue or political affairs of this nation and others saying that the Bishops have got no power or whatever to tell the President what to do. Despite the declaration of Zambia as a Christian Nation by late President F.T.J Chiluba, May His Soul Rest in Peace,and the recently declaration of national day of prayers by the current president Mr Edgar Lungu; which is evidently that churches play an important role in governance system.
“Even our history tells us how churches have been on the forefront of different national dialogue. Fighting for justice and peace are part and parcel of their struggle, because political decisions have a direct bearing on their livelihood and of the people they lead.”
And Kangwa has charged the the two largest political parties in the country are violent because of the capitalist agenda that they advance, citing the violence in the Sesheke parliamentary and Mkonda Ward by-elections.
“What the country is witnessing in Lundazi and in Secheke where there are by-elections, is evidently enough to tell that PF and UPND are systematically violent. The two parties cannot stop being violent because they stand for a system that’s violent. Capitalist system which the two parties represent and adore, induces violence, injustice, poverty you name them.
“Therefore, in this situation of injustice, violence, oppression and exploitation, Zambians have been left with no option but to look for a different socio-political and ideological solutions of this general situation. And the only alternative to this mess is just socialism and the Socialist Party who’s agenda is to restore Justice, Equity and Peace in our country.”
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