Acting President Edgar Lungu says government is concerned with reports of gay marriages and has called on the church to partner with it in the fight against the vice.
Mr Lungu who is Home Affairs Minister and Chawama Member of Parliament (MP) has warned that anybody engaging in such vices would be arrested and prosecuted because Zambian laws did not support such marriages.
He said when he flagged off a ‘21 days Jesus is coming again crusade’, of the Seventh Day Adventist (SDA) church organised by Chawama SDA at Chawama Basic School ground in Lusaka on Sunday that the church had an important role in helping government fight criminal and evil acts like gay marriages.
Mr Lungu said in a speech read on his behalf by his deputy Stephen Kampyongo that government was saddened with reports of young Zambian men who recently went to the registrar of marriages at the Lusaka Civic Centre to try and register their marriages with white men.
He said the challenge was not only for the government but one that needed partnership with the church as it had never been witnessed in the country’s history.
Mr Lungu asked the people of Chawama who had gathered to listen to his address whether they would agree to see gay and lesbianism marriages registered in Zambia to which the crowd responded in the negative.
He said such were things which churches needed to discuss with their membership and give biblical guidance because the nation would not accept such unchristian conducts.
“As a nation and government, we will not accept foreign misdemeanors because we have never known same marriages of man to man, or woman to woman and the bible does not allow. We would better remain poor as a nation than to accept some of these norms perpetuated by people with money who want to destroy our society,” he said.
He said Zambian laws did not provide for gay marriages and as such government would not sit back and allow men marrying one another.
“We will not sit back and watch man marrying man, or woman and woman. We will arrest them and deal with them according to the law,” he said.
Mr Lungu said it was the role of the church to inculcate good morals through its teachings and government was happy that the SDA church was doing so.