PRESS STATEMENT ON THE ARREST OF A BISHOP FOR SEXUAL ABUSE OF UNDERAGE GIRLS
The Council of Churches in Zambia (CCZ) has learnt with disbelief the conduct of a named church bishop who sexually abuse underage children in the name of conducting exorcism.
The church has observed that there has been an increase in the number of people claiming to be men of God using the name of God and authority they are entrusted with by members of their congregations to conduct outrageous activities such as taking advantage of innocent children and destroying their future.
The arrest of the so called bishop should be an eye opener to society to understand that we have “wolves in sheep clothing” and must make informed decisions of which houses of worship they should join.
We urge police to continue with the good work of arresting, without delay, all perpetrators of all forms of sexual violence and other vices against humanity.
The church members should also ensure that they investigate the backgrounds of their pastors before they can trust them to preach the word of God. It is the duty of parents to ensure that their children attend church services or meetings under strict supervision.
It is the duty of every citizen to ensure that we do not allow evil to take root in church and society. The church should be protected from bad elements and be allowed to remain a respected safe haven which offers solace and comfort to society which it has always done and this should remain so.