THE church has called on President Sata to embrace all Zambians despite the differences he could have had with them in the past.
Evangelical Fellowship of Zambia (EFZ) president Pukuta Mwanza says Zambians have spoken through the ballot and it is important for Mr Sata to demonstrate that he is a President of all Zambians despite their political affiliation.
Reverend Mwanza said in an interview in Lusaka on September 23 that Zambia has shown the world that democracy exists. He also described the elections as peaceful, free and fair.
“Mr Sata is now the father of this nation and he should forgive all those who could have wronged him and forge ahead in fostering development which will benefit all Zambians,” he said.
Rev Mwanza said the church is happy with the manner in which Zambians and all political leaders who participated in the tripartite elections, exhibited peace and unity.
And Rev Mwanza has commended outgoing President Banda for conceding defeat and respecting the will of the people. He said Mr Banda has exhibited maturity and kept his word.
“Mr Banda has shown Zambians and the world at large that democracy truly exists in Zambia by accepting defeat in a dignified manner and respecting the will of the people,” Rev Mwanza said.
He said the church is grateful that Mr Banda served the Zambian people well and contributed to the development of the nation in the few years he has been in office.
Rev Mwanza said very few leaders in Africa can do what Mr Banda has demonstrated—to respect the will of the people.
“Mr Banda is a beacon of democracy and he should be respected for contributing to championing democracy in Zambia,” he said.
Rev Mwanza also called on Zambians to give President Sata all the support he needs, to enable him to steer the country’s development more effectively.
Northmead Assemblies of God Church overseer Bishop Joshua Banda said he was delighted that God answered the prayers of Zambians for peaceful elections.
Bishop Banda said the transition of power from former President Banda to President Sata is a harmonious historic moment.
He said President Banda has demonstrated statesmanship in the way he has handed over power to Mr Sata. Bishop Banda said the move is a sign of maturity which should be commended.
He said he was glad that the inaugural speech by President Sata acknowledged his predecessor’s contribution to the development of Zambia.
“I am glad that his speech is based on moving Zambia forward in unity and development,” Bishop Banda said.
It is important for party cadres take a leaf from the gesture that Mr Sata has shown to his predecessor because Zambia is for everyone, he said.
“Mr Sata and Mr Banda have demonstrated to all Zambians that this country belongs to all of us and it is important for us to maintain peace and unity to forge forward,” Bishop Banda said.
He said although there were pockets of violence in some places, the tripartite elections were held in a peaceful manner.
“I commend all Zambians for exhibiting maturity during and after elections,” Bishop Banda said.
[Zambia Daily Mail]