Mutolo Phiri greeting church officials after church service on Sunday.
Mutolo Phiri greeting church officials after church service on Sunday.
As the day of elections draws closer, stakeholders across the country have continued to urge politicians to remain calm and ensure that the country holds peaceful elections which will be acceptable to all parties.

On Sunday Anglican Church Eastern Diocese Bishop William Chombo called for the end to the unprecedented high levels of political violence that the country has continued witness saying politics are not an end in themselves but a vehicle by which people chose who should be their leaders.

Bishop Chombo explained that people should not reach an extent of killing each in the name of politics because elections should be a means for delivering development to the people.

He said the country can go into flames due to careless language by political players hence the need for them to restrain themselves from using inflammatory language against each other.

“This country can go into flames due to careless language. What we know is that politics is just a vehicle to identify who are our leaders should be. Politics in themselves are not an end but just a means to deliver development.

“What we have seen in this year’s election, I think in Zambia we are seeing the kind of political violence that we have never witnessed before. People should not be hacking each other over nothing, what people want is to choose a leader who will move the country forward. That person can come from PF, UPND, FDD or MMD. The ultimate goal should be how do we develop Zambia,” he said.

He said politicians should not turn the country into a war zone because of greed and selfishness saying “we want to continue living in peace and continue to be a beacon of peace in the region. We don’t want to be like Burundi or Rwanda were people can’t iron out their problems without first fighting, we are known for being a peaceful nation and that should continue.”

The Bishop also sensitized the congregants on the need to vote in the referendum.

He said members of the church who do not understand the importance of the referendum should ask members of their families or neighbours who might have the knowledge of the Bill of Rights explain to them.

He said the referendum is an important national process which individuals who are eligible to vote should participate.

He further encouraged congregants not abstain from voting in this year’s elections because their vote is a voice that spells out what they want in the next five years.

The church service was attended by MMD National Secretary Rapheal Nakacinda and MMD Chairperson for International Relations Amb Joyce Musenge from Lusaka who are in Eastern Province to drum up support for candidates standing on the MMD ticket including Party Vice President for Politics Mutolo Phiri who is contesting the Chipata Central Parliamentary seat.

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11 COMMENTS

  1. Yes…let’s retire HH once and for all

    HH IS A PATHETIC LIAR

    HH over-promising

    HH false hope

    August 11 vote PF ( Edgar )

    I thank you

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    • You must be a katondo boy for sure. By next week friday yourself,mumbi phiri,kambwili etc will be puffing hot air.Ba civil servant nabamimina,ama students nabamimina,ama farmers nabamimina will see who will vote for you *****s.

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    • Some preaching is bad. So if people can’t fight over politics, what should they fight for?
      Better preach about love, than country going into frames as if your church members are sinners.

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    • LUNGU IS TO BLAME FOR ALL THE POLITICAL VIOLENCE IN THE COUNTRY. TRUTH IS, LUNGU HAS LOST GROUND, PEOPLE ARE FED UP OF HIS LIES AND HIS EVIL DEEDS OF KILLING THE ZAMBIAN PEOPLE ON THE BASIS OF POLITICS, THE FIRST EVER ZAMBIAN PRESIDENT TO INTRODUCE POLITICAL VIOLENCE AND KILLINGS AFTER INDEPENDENCE. ZAMBIANS HAVE REJECTED LUNGU BECAUSE GOD HAS REJECTED HIM. WE WANT HH AND HIS UPND TEAM TO LEAD OUR COUNTRY TO HIGHER GROUNDS, TO PROSPERITY, TO UNITY, TO LOVE FOR ONE ANOTHER. LUNGU HAS DIVIDED OUR COUNTRY. LUNGU HAS PREACHED TRIBALISM AND HATE. LUNGU IS DESPERATE FOR POWER.NEXT WEEK THURSDAY, LET US ALL VOTE FOR CHANGE. VOTE FOR HH AND THE UPND TEAM.

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    • The odds against EL-PF are too high this time round. The economy has collapsed….apart from the minority rich the bulk of the population is now poorer than when Lungu was given the presidency. Hunger is rampant and rife in the compounds. Business for most people is slow and fore closures are on ever ascendency.

      I once more throw the bet to Kudos, Techilema, Horrible and other PF sympathisers……UPND is winning this election clean!! And come Friday/Saturday next week, you will still be compatriots and please don’t ditch PF. UPND will need robust opposition to prevent this country from sliding back into the mess Lungu has brought us into. Who ever imagined that we would be a HIPC again?

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  2. The violence we have seen this year is unprecedented becoz of Leadership failure. Lungu as President and PF are to blame becoz they are fanning hate speeches and inciting violence as a means to win these elections. They hane done all sorts to provoke opposition supporters and as their last trump card to retain power they want to rig these elections by simply cooking elections results and declaring Lungu the Winner. People of Zambia are fed up of these liars,thieves,murderers and drunkards. On 11th August we are reclaiming our freedom and electing HH and his UPND Team. Lungu can try and rig these elections but he can’t rig our minds and besides the clamour for change is country wide and therefore difficult to rig. Forward with HH,GBM and Team UPND.

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  3. It is PF with their thieving gorilla chishimba kambwili behaving like hutu extrimists.

    How can a senior minister go on air and issue such a tribally loaded statment about Tongas attacking a bemba when it was all lies.

    And you hear nothing from lungu yet he is busy issuing orders for prayers while inciting tribal hatred and anarchy.

    So sure lungu must go for the sake of zambia.

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  4. The masses will be celebrating while armargeddon minorities try to cause chaos.

    Meanwhile HH will be weeping uncontrollably while writing his resignation letter to GBM.

    The pub owners are strongly advised to stock up and SABMiller is advised to increase production as they will never see that level of business before they are taken over by INBEV.

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  5. @3 Spaka, it is not a lie as even HH confirmed the incident in his statement. HH receives direct reports from the field and he did not say that he is waiting for a report as his UPND Spokesmen normally say when they are waiting for instructions from HH.

    By the way Mr Spaka, read my research on road construction unit costs, it is under the story “Police IG….”, the Pamela Chanda story you know, and give me a feedback urgently before the elections. If you decide to resign from UPND before 8/11 for misleading you, that again is welcome not rioting.

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  6. Ati it’s Lungu to blame? What of HH cadres wearing pf regalia in the water melon nonsense?

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  7. i am calling upon all well meaning zambian to condemn dipak patel for suggesting infiltration of ZAF airplanes. i dont accept that as freedom of speech. that is extreme and zambians join in condeming such remarks. i demand he should apologize or leave zambia.

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