The United Church of Zambia (UCZ) has condemned the violent activities perpetuated by some political parties during the campaigns for the January 20 presidential election across the country.
UCZ General Secretary Peggy Kabonde said presidential candidates and their political parties should ensure that their supporters stop engaging in any form of violence or provocative activities.Reverend Kabonde said political parties and their members should campaign peacefully.
She has since called for peaceful and corruption free elections saying people should uphold the love and tolerance towards one another especially that they live in Christian nation.Rev Dr. Kabonde said Zambia is a democratic country hence the rule of law should be respected to allow voters to exercise their free will when choosing the candidates of their own choice.
She further urged all political parties to refrain from any form of corruption that will affect the electorate from making informed decisions.
She said during a press briefing in Lusaka today that there was need for peace and unity to continue prevailing in the country during campaigns and elections.
Rev. Kabonde has also called on the church to encourage their members to participate the forthcoming elections because the role and importance of the church in voter education cannot be underestimated.She has meanwhile disclosed that UCZ’s golden Jubilee coincides with the country’s forthcoming presidential elections which were necessitated by the death of late President Michael Sata.
She said for this reason, UCZ members will be conducting prayers and fasting for the country to have peaceful elections.
Rev. Kabonde has since called on all Christians and political parties to join in prayers and fasting at Heroes Stadium on 17th January 2015 where about 40,000 members across the country will be expected to gather during a symposium under the theme “The relevance of the church in the 21st Century: Zambian Context”.