The church has described the peace experienced during the just ended August 2016 General Elections as a sign of God’s hand being present.
In a statement issued by leaders of the two church mother bodies, the Council of Churches in Zambia (CCZ) and the Zambia Conference of Catholic Bishops (ZCCB), formerly ZEC, the church has thanked God for his continued love and mercy for Zambia.
The leaders have congratulated Zambians for handling the elections task which was complex and had new experiences with patience, understanding and maturity.
“As such, most of the local monitors and international election observers have acclaimed the quality of our elections and the commitment of Zambians to peaceful elections. They have also added their significant voices to calls for peace and national reconciliation”, the statement reads.
It states that most of the local monitors and international election observers have acclaimed the quality of our elections and the commitment of Zambians to peaceful elections, whilst adding their voices to calls for peace and national reconciliation.
“We are all witnesses to the electoral process as a nation, both as groupings and as individuals. Our common desire is to see the 2016 electoral process concluded in peace and harmony, and with the continued spirit of respect for divergent views, national unity, love and harmonious coexistence among Zambians,” the statement reads.
The leaders have noted the anxiety and tension that has characterized the announcement of election results, with news of communities fighting each other particularly between the Patriotic Front (PF) and the United Party for National Development ((UPND), and has since appealed to the aggrieved parties on the results announced by the Electoral Commission of Zambia (ECZ) to adhere to provisions in the law for dealing and settling election grievances.
“We also appeal to the 2 victorious party to avoid celebrating in a manner that will incense and provoke the losing party. We further appeal to our courts to adjudicate the possible petition justly and expeditiously. We believe that our courts are the arbitrators of justice and play a critical role in strengthening the rule of law,” the statement reads.
And the leaders have appealed to its members to continue being instruments of peace and reconciliation in the nation by avoiding any manner of speaking and behaviour that can deepen the levels of division and suspicion.
“Christians must always strive to be the salt of the earth and the light of the world. Let us then play our God-given role. As Church, we commit ourselves to preaching messages of love and reconciliation to the faithful because this is what we are called to do. Remember that we are one nation which is much bigger than our political fortunes, whether individual or collective,” it reads.
The statement was signed by CCZ President Rev Dr Alfred Kalembo and ZCCB President Most Rev Telesphore Mpundu.