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20th April 2021

The Christian Churches Monitoring Group (CCMG) has urged the Clergy to safeguard their role of being a voice to advance God’s agenda in society, giving checks and balances to those in authority, and not allow politicians to seal their role in the name of appeasements ‘masked’ as Church empowerment.

19th March 2021

1.0. Preamble

We, the leaders of the Church Mother bodies namely the Council of Churches in Zambia (CCZ), the Evangelical Fellowship of Zambia (EFZ) and the Zambia Conference of Catholic Bishops (ZCCB), greet you in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.

19th March 2021

The Council of Churches in Zambia (CCZ) has called on Religious leaders to work together and take an active role in preventing and encouraging the health and wellbeing of people living with HIV.

Speaking on Monday morning at Mount Zion Retreat Centre in Lusaka when he opened a three days intensive training workshop for Religious leaders on Treatment Adherence and Faith Healing in the context of HIV and AIDS in Africa organized by the Council of Churches in Zambia with support from the World Council of Churches (WCC), CCZ President Rev. Sauros Phaika said Religious leaders were well placed to interact with other stakeholders to continue promoting the health and well-being of people living with HIV.

15th March 2021

Lusaka

The council of Churches in Zambia (CCZ) is deeply saddened by the story reported in the media of alleged Patriotic Front (PF) cadres who teargassed Chete FM station in Nakonde district during a radio program that featured UPND provincial chairman Rev. Mathews Chilekwa on Wednesday, 10th of March 2021. This comes a few weeks after other PF cadres attacked Radio Luswepo in Mbala during another program that featured Democratic Party President, Harry Kalaba.

It is regrettable to note that despite Zambia being known as a beacon of peace, stories of shrinking media space continue to resurface twice over.

12th March 2021

Lusaka.

The Council of Churches in Zambia (CCZ) wishes to join the rest of the country in commemorating this year’s Youth Day which is being held under the theme, ‘‘Enhancing National Development Through Sustainable Youth Partnership.’’

Youths make up a larger percentage of our population and this means that the future of Zambia lies in the hands of our young people. It is for this reason that it becomes vital to incorporate Youths in national development.

As CCZ, we want to underscore the fact that there can never be any for

The Council of Churches in Zambia (CCZ) on Monday morning joined the rest of the world to commemorate the 2021 International Women’s Day by donating sanitary and other COVID-19 preventive items to female inmates at Chainama and Lusaka Central Correctional facilities.

The donated items which included sanitary pads, hand sanitiser, hand washing liquid soap, Dettol bathing soap and second-hand clothes were acquired with support from TEARFUND.

The Council of Churches in Zambia (CCZ) has called for proactive measures from all African leaders to end the continued violence attacks in Cabo Delgado in Mozambique.

Speaking during a virtual media briefing hosted by The Fellowship of Christian Councils in Eastern and Southern Africa (FOCCISA) on Wednesday morning, CCZ General Secretary Rev.Canon Emmanuel Chikoya said African leaders needed to work together to harmonize various challenges the continent was facing which includes violent attacks in Mozambique.

 

The three Church Mother Bodies namely Council of Churches in Zambia (CCZ), Evangelical Fellowship of Zambia (EFZ) and Zambia Conference of Catholic Bishops (ZCCB) on Sunday held a virtual joint ecumenical prayer service in the midst of the second wave of covid-19. The Church Service which was also physically attended by Minister of National Guidance and Religious, Affairs Rev. Godfredah Sumaili, was held at the Anglican Cathedral of the Holy Cross in Lusaka.

And speaking when he delivered the Homily, ZCCB Secretary General, Fr. Cleophas Lungu, called on the nation to put aside tribal, regional, religious and political differences and stand together as 'ONE ZAMBIA, ONE NATION' until COVID-19 is defeated.

The Council of Churches in Zambia mourns with the Civil Society for Poverty Reduction (CSPR). May the Soul of the Departed Colleague, Sister, Mother, and Friend Rest in Eternal Peace.

We are pleased to announce the appointment of Ms Glenda Mweni as Assistant Programmes Officer in charge of OneHope Southern Africa project.

We at the Council of Churches in Zambia (CCZ) have observed with great concern the continued recalling of the HoneyBee Pharmacy supplied drugs and personal protective equipment by the Zambia Medicines Regulatory Authority (ZAMRA), five months after distribution was done.

Council of Churches in Zambia General Secretary Fr Emmanuel Chikoya has urged Citizens and media personnel in the country to effectively contribute to the fight against COVID-19 by taking caution against dessemimanting fake news about the pandemic on various media platforms.

Council of Churches in Zambia General Secretary Fr Emmanuel Chikoya has urged the media to take up its watchdog role and help in ensuring that all donations towards the fight against COVID-19 are well accounted for.

 

The Council of Churches in Zambia (CCZ) has learnt with shock the sudden passing away of Bishop Moses Hamungole of Monze Catholic Diocese and Fr Michael Kelly of the JCTR. Our sincere condolences go to the Hamungole and Kelly families and the entire Zambia Conference of Catholic Bishops (ZCCB), and the Jesuit Centre for Theological Reflections (JCTR).

The CCZ will remember Bishop Hamungole for his selfless dedication to the work of God, firstly as a Catholic Bishop; secondly, as Chairman of the Commission for Social Communications at the Zambia Conference of Catholic Bishops; and thirdly, as Chairman of the Department of Social Communications at the Nairobi-based Association of Member Episcopal Conferences of Eastern Africa.

 

The Joint Country Programme Zambia funded Radio programme is aimed at providing listeners with the opportunity to learn more about COVID-19 and engaging with experts, as well as Church and Community leaders on prevention practices.

This edition of the programme featured Mtendere 30 Ward Councillor Watson M’tonga (r), CCZ Chaplain Fr James Phiri (c), and United Voice Radio Station Manager Daniel Sikazwe (l). The Programme also airs on Kafue FM in Kafue, Modern Radio in Chirundu and Kariba FM in Siavonga.

POLICE have been selectively enforcing the law by quickly arresting those perceived to belong to the opposition while giving a blind eye to those aligned to the governing party irrespective of the crimes they commit, the Council of Churches in Zambia(CCZ) has observed.

The Church says the behaviour has become a danger to national unity and peace, that the country has continuously been praying and fasting for.

JOINT PRESS STATEMENT BY THREE CHURCH MOTHER BODIES ON THE ARREST AND DETENTION OF FAITH LEADERS AND THE CTPD STAFF IN NDOLA

1. Preamble

We, the leaders of the three Church Mother bodies namely the Council of Churches in Zambia (CCZ), the Evangelical Fellowship of Zambia (EFZ) and the Zambia Conference of Catholic Bishops (ZCCB), greet you all in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.

The Council of Churches in Zambia (CCZ) says Churches in the Country should not be encouraged to think that their missions and activities in the country should be funded by some mission from somewhere else.

Speaking during the groundbreaking ceremony on Monday for the construction of a US$2 million (2,000,000 US dollars) worth modern CCZ Ecumenical Centre in Kabulonga to be constructed by Pylos Zambia, CCZ Trust Board Chairperson Chisebwe Fumbeshi said the church in Zambia should instead be encouraged to realise that they have resources within and have skills and expertise within for the church to raise funds and be able to fund its activities which include evangelism and social work.

The Council of Churches in Zambia (CCZ) has accepted to partner with One Hope with a view of working together in spreading the word of God to all children in Zambia aged between four (4) and fourteen (14) years old.

Formerly called Book of Hope and founded in 1987 by former missionary and Life Publishers President Bob Hoskins, One Hope is an international ministry based in Pompano Beach, Florida.

The Council of Churches in Zambia (CCZ) has called on President Edgar Lungu and opposition UPND President Hakainde Hichilema to ensure all elections in the country are peaceful and violent free.

Commenting on President Edgar Lungu’s directive to the Zambia Police last week to deal with perpetrators of political violence and the signing of the non-violence pact between the PF and the UPND, CCZ General Secretary Fr Emmanuel Chikoya says the buck of ending political violence in the country rests on President Edgar Lungu and Mr Hakainde Hichilema.

The Council of Churches in Zambia (CCZ), the Joint Country Programme (JCP) and the Centre for Trade Policy and Development (CTPD) today launched the Maamba Community-Company Assessment (CCA) Report whose research was conducted between 15th and 22nd October 2017.

Southern Province Deputy Permanent Secretary Kennedy Malama who launched the report in Maamba’s Roman Catholic Hall on Thursday, 14th June 2016, commended the Council of Churches in Zambia (CCZ) for taking a special interest in advocating for transparency and accountability in the management of mineral resources in Zambia.

The Council of Churches in Zambia (CCZ) in collaboration with the Norwegian Church Aid (NCA) has commenced the preliminary interactions aimed at conducting a Company-Community Assessment Study of the Column Coal Mine in Sinazeze’s Nkandabbwe area.

It is the desire of the Council of Churches in Zambia to ensure that there is transparency and accountability in the management of the country’s resources and having the right perception by all stakeholders.

Monday, 19th March 2018

JOINT CIVIL SOCIETY PRESS CONFERENCE ON ACCOUNTABILITY CRISIS IN ZAMBA

CCZ OFFICES – BISHOP ROAD, KABULONGA

Good Morning Ladies and Gentlemen of the press.

On Wednesday 14 March 2018, News Diggers Newspaper published a story which suggested that there is rampant abuse of public resources during presidential international trips.

The Council of Churches in Zambia (CCZ) is pleased to announce the appointment of Mr Robert Banda as the new Head of Finance and Administration effective 1st June 2018.

Mr Banda is not new to the Council as he has been serving as Accounts Assistant from 2014, the position he held until his appointment, taking over from Mr Brian Mwanza.

The Council of Churches in Zambia (CCZ) has called on all political players participating in the Chilanga Parliamentary by-election slated for 5th June 2018 to conduct peaceful campaigns.

CCZ General Secretary Fr Emmanuel Chikoya has reminded political players that winning an election is not a desperate task, nor is it winning by any means necessary.

He says winning an election is not about slander campaigning, character assassination or inciting one group against another just to score cheap political points.

Monday, 19th March 2018

JOINT CIVIL SOCIETY PRESS CONFERENCE ON ACCOUNTABILITY CRISIS IN ZAMBA

CCZ OFFICES – BISHOP ROAD, KABULONGA

Good Morning Ladies and Gentlemen of the press.

On Wednesday 14 March 2018, News Diggers Newspaper published a story which suggested that there is rampant abuse of public resources during presidential international trips. The claims in the story were very concerning. They are the reason the Civil Society Organisations represented here today, have come together to express our joint sense of concern at what is coming across as a critical abuse of public resources by the current administration.

The Oasis Forum in conjunction with ACA, YWCA, ZCSD and PAN will on Monday, 19th March 2018, hold a joint Press Conference to address the concerns of the Civil Society over Government expenditure. The Press Conference will be held at the Council of Churches in Zambia (CCZ) Secretariat along Bishops Roads in Kabulonga starting at 10:00 hours.

COUNCIL OF CHURCHES IN ZAMBIA

JOB OPPORTUNITY

The Council of Churches in Zambia wishes to invite applications from suitably qualified individuals for the position of Head of Finance and Administration.

The Council of Churches in Zambia (CCZ) has commended the move by traditional leaders to reject the land policy which they feel disregards their role as traditional leaders.

Monday’s devotion which was given by Rev. David Mansfield from Anglican Aid of Australia was taken from the book of 2 Timothy 1:1-13.

Council of Churches in Zambia (CCZ) staffer Emmanuel Nkhata who died on Wednesday after an illness has been buried.

The Council of Churches in Zambia (CCZ) regrets to announce the death of one of its members of staff Emmanuel Nkhata who died on Wednesday, 14th February 2018 at the University Teaching Hospital (UTH) around 10 hours after an illness.

The Council of Churches in Zambia (CCZ) congratulates Fr Emmanuel Yona Chikoya on his collation as Honorary Canon of the Cathedral of the Holy Cross following his achievement of ascending to the position of General Secretary for the Council of Churches in Zambia. May God protect him and bless him with more favour.

The 2018 United Church of Canada (UCC) Africa and Partners Indaba (Conference) has officially opened in Zambia’s capital Lusaka with a call to participants to understand the times and act accordingly.

The Council of Churches in Zambia (CCZ) says the effectiveness of the policy and legal framework governing access to education for circumstantial children (children born to incarcerated mothers) in Zambia is still very weak.

The Council of Churches in Zambia (CCZ) has released one Benz truck to the Government that will be used to collect garbage around Lusaka in an effort to eliminate water-borne diseases.

5th January 2018

To: All CCZ Heads of Churches

Dear Church Leaders

RE: UPDATES AND GUIDELINES ON THE CHOLERA OUTBREAK

Fraternal greetings from CCZ.

Following our initial memo dated 31st December, 2017 and the engagement with the Ministry of Health as well as the increasing speculations regarding the cholera outbreak in the country, with Lusaka being the worst hit, we would like to give you an update and advise as follows:

  1. The cholera epicenters cannot be allowed to hold church programs on Sunday and any other day until further notice. The cholera epicenters have been identified as Kanyama and its clusters of extensions which include Garden house, Chibolya, Kanyama extension, Chawama, Kuku, John Laing, John Howard and Jack compounds. Others are Mandevu, Garden, Chaisa, Marapodi Misisi, Chipata, Mazyopa and Matero and its cluster of interlinked compounds.
  2. Church Services can be held in other areas outside these worst hit areas on Sunday as long the highest levels of hygiene are maintained. Every Church must have adequate and very clean toilets as well as enough clean water. Strictly urge all members to avoid handshakes, hugs, and communal foods.
  3. We encourage those in less affected areas to conduct very short worship services than the usual after which people are to be encouraged to go to their respective homes without idling and mingling around.
  4. We urge all Clergy and Lay Preachers to conduct contextual bible studies and preach contextual sermons that will help sensitize congregants to change their attitudes and mindsets regarding personal public hygiene and thus contribute to cholera prevention. Relevant resources will be shared through the social media and emails.
  5. We call on the CCZ fraternity to proactively and corporately participate in the general and personal cleanup program currently underway. It must be well noted that faith without works is dead. We must stand together with government, all political stakeholders to effectively contribute towards eliminating the cholera challenge and prevent it from becoming a national catastrophe. We have a challenge to not only clean the city but the whole country at large. This prompts us to call on the entire CCZ fraternity to commit to participating in the immediate task of containing the cholera outbreak through personal corporate participation in the ongoing works.
  6. Encourage all the members to be vaccinated against cholera as and when the vaccination exercise commences.
  7. Let us all be good stewards of all resources and facilities that have been available in various residential areas to combat the cholera response challenge.
  8. Cholera is a poor sanitation and not demonic issue hence the best way to fight it is inculcating in each Christian and general Zambian citizenry a culture of cleanliness and good environmental management. God has set principles for welfare but because of selfishness, greed and indiscipline we have ignored the God given principles and found ourselves in a situation where nature has revolted and we are suffering the consequences. Our role as your Secretariat is to provide leadership and ownership in the spirit of the men of Issachar from the book of 1 Chronicles 12: 32 by understanding and knowing our times and responding accordingly. This statement does not imply that prayer has no power, it is rather a call to pray with wisdom and understanding so that we do not perish due to lack of knowledge of misapplied faith. We will be giving you periodic updates. Kindly call or text me for additional guidance and updates.

With Love, Peace and Joy.

Yours in the Service of Christ

The Rev’d Canon Emmanuel Chikoya

GENERAL SECRETARY

Mobile: 0965518817

COUNCIL OF CHURCHES IN ZAMBIA (CCZ) former General Secretary Rev. Kingsley Mwenda has died in Mpika.

Council of Churches in Zambia (CCZ) in partnership with The United Methodist Church (UMC) Global Health Unit has started implementing a US$50, 000.00 Water, Sanitation, Hygiene and Menstrual Health Management (WASH-MHM) Project in Zambezi District, North-Western province.

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The Council of Churches in Zambia is an ecumenical umbrella organization of Christian churches that seeks to promote cooperation and fellowship between Christian churches and organizations in the nation. We therefore seek to bring together members and stakeholders for consultation and discussions in an effort to help form an enlightened Christian opinion on all issues affecting the spiritual, social and physical well being of Zambians.

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