President Edgar Lungu says the violence that has rocked Copperbelt Province has been exacerbated by fear-mongering and superstition from a number of group of preachers.
Talking throughout the official opening of the Sub-Regional Consultative Assembly of Catholic Bishops of Malawi, Zambia and Zimbabwe held on the Household Legacy Lodge in Lusaka, Monday, President Lungu charged that
there was a brand new motion of misleading preachermen, wolves in sheep’s clothes, who have been planting seeds of discord within the nation.
The Head of State additionally expressed concern at what he termed as a worrying development of members of the clergy seemingly getting embroiled in partisan politics, in obvious reference to South-Africa based mostly Nigerian prophet Andrew Ejimadu popularly generally known as Seer 1 who has accused authorities officers of accessing supernatural powers to achieve energy.
“Currently, right here in Zambia, now we have witnessed a rising and worrying development of males of God getting embroiled in partisan politics. Additionally of concern is a brand new motion of misleading preachermen, wolves in sheep’s clothes, who at finest assist to plant seeds of discord within the nation with their unusual practices. Arguably, the state of affairs within the Copperbelt Province of Zambia has to a bigger extent been exacerbated by fear-mongering and superstition coming from this new group of preachers,” President Lungu mentioned.
“The Church is an establishment the place all Christians, no matter their religion, run to for counsel. Alas! We see males of God present brazenly their help for political events or politicians of their alternative. This is a matter, which I hope will likely be deliberated as you meet. Let me now take this chance to want our pricey bishops a fruitful assembly and God’s blessings and steerage throughout this consultative assembly.”
He additionally requested clergymen to assist to determine faux pastors.
However President Lungu burdened that authorities was deeply grateful for the function the Catholic Church performed in nationwide improvement.
“The truth is, the Church has additionally been a proponent of peace and unity amongst its congregants, and the whole nation. The Church has made important strides by reaching out to all of this nation, addressing the wants of our folks in a holistic method. The proof is there for all to see. One can, thus, go to any nook of this nation, each in rural and concrete areas, and witness the commendable work the Church is doing in addressing the wants of our folks. There aren’t many areas the place one wouldn’t discover a faculty or well being facility run by the Catholic Church. Due to this fact, my authorities is deeply grateful and appreciative of the constructive function that the Catholic Church has been taking part in to enhance authorities’s efforts in nationwide improvement,” President Lungu mentioned.
And he reiterated authorities’s dedication to proceed cherishing the sturdy partnership with the Church.
“My authorities will proceed to cherish the sturdy partnership, which exists between the federal government and the Church, and appears ahead to consolidating this collaboration. I want to acknowledge that authorities and the Church each serve the identical constituents in an effort to enhance the lives of our folks, therefore the necessity to nurture this partnership for the good thing about our peoples and our nations. It’s my honest hope that the Church and governments in Malawi, Zambia and Zimbabwe will proceed to serve our folks with the unbroken dedication. My authorities will proceed to help the Catholic Church in its efforts aimed toward selling improvement and social service supply to our folks,” mentioned President Lungu.
“The Catholic Church has been a reliable accomplice for the federal government in social service supply, advocacy for improvement, inclusive governance, in addition to respect for human rights and democracy.”