President Edgar Lungu take Photo with Constitutional Court President and Judges (2nr) Constitutional Court President justice Hildah Chibomba, (r) Constitutional Court Judge Justice Mulenga Mugeni, (from left) Constitutional Court Judge Justice Mwewe Anne Sitali (l) Constitutional Court Judge Justice Enock Mulembe, and Constitutional Court Judge Palan Mulonda shortly after swearing in Ceremony of Constitutional Court Judges at State House
President Edgar Lungu take Photo with Constitutional Court President and Judges (2ndr) Constitutional Court President justice Hildah Chibomba, (r) Constitutional Court Judge Justice Mulenga Mugeni, (from left) Constitutional Court Judge Justice Mwewe Anne Sitali (l) Constitutional Court Judge Justice Enock Mulembe, and Constitutional Court Judge Palan Mulonda shortly after swearing in Ceremony of Constitutional Court Judges at State House

The Council of Churches in Zambia and the Zambia Conference of Catholic Bishops has appealed to the Constitutional Court to adjudicate the possible petition justly and expeditiously.

In a statement, Council of Churches of Zambia President Reverend Alfred Kalembo and Zambia Conference of Catholic Bishop Telesphord Mpundu said the Church believes that the courts are the arbitrators of justice and play a critical role in strengthening the rule of law.

The church leaders have also appealed to the aggrieved parties on the results announced by the Electoral Commission of Zambia (ECZ) to adhere to provisions in the law for dealing and settling election grievances.

The two also appeal led to the victorious party to avoid celebrating in a manner that will incense and provoke the losing party.

“Both PF and UPND must take responsibility and make public pronouncements against violence and internally dialogue with their members and carders to resist any temptation to take the law into their hands and thereby disrupt the life of ordinary citizens,” they said.

They said, “In the event that there will be a petition against the announced results, we appeal to members from both sides of the political divide to wait patiently for the court’s adjudication and ruling.”

“We take this opportunity to congratulate the people of Zambia for exercising their civic right and duty with great magnanimity. Notwithstanding the fact that the task at hand was complex and new experiences came into play, to date most people in Zambia have handled the ending electoral process with patience, understanding and maturity.”

They said the Church does not doubt God’s hand in this and thank him for his continued love and mercy upon Zambia.

“As such, most of the local monitors and international election observers have acclaimed the quality of our elections and the commitment of Zambians to peaceful elections. They have also added their significant voices to calls for peace and national reconciliation. We are all witnesses to the electoral process as a nation, both as groupings and as individuals,” he said.

“Our common desire is to see the 2016 electoral process concluded in peace and harmony, and with the continued spirit of respect for divergent views, national unity, love and harmonious coexistence among Zambians. We are however alive to the anxiety and tension that has characterized the announcement of election results.”

The two leaders however expressed concern over reports that some communities are fighting each other particularly between the Patriotic Front (PF) and the United Party for National Development ((UNPD).

“Christians must always strive to be the salt of the earth and the light of the world. Let us then play our God-given role. As Church, we commit ourselves to preaching messages of love and reconciliation to the faithful because this is what we are called to do. Remember that we are one nation which is much bigger than our political fortunes, whether individual or collective. May God bless you all and bless our nation Zambia,” they said.

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  1. I wonder whether there any christians still left in Zambia who truly love God. The once revered catholic bishops have also betrayed the flock for the love of money.
    You do not have to look far, the statement above speaks volumes. What has happened to the church of God in Zambia?

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    • Zambians, please google the CONSTITUTION OF ZAMBIA (AMENDMENT) [NO.2 OF 2016]
      The Constitution is very clear under Articles:
      103. (1) The election of a President-elect may be petitioned within 7 days,
      104. (3) Where there is an election petition the Speaker takes over the executive functions,
      105 (2)(a) The President-elect cannot assume office if there is an election petition.

      The Petitioners have asked the Court, in relation to the impugned election, to pronounce themselves inter alia on Articles 101, 102, 103, 104

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  2. WHERE IS BISHOP JOSHUA BANDA? THE PASTORS OF TODAY HAVE BETRAYED US FOR THE LOVE OF MONEY.VIVA UPND

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  3. F.UCK church. I now know that God does not exist. Anything that suits a bemba or. Chewa is Godly. F.UCK church. It’s the most useless belief I’ve been led into. No wonder Lucifer – the light bringer, decided to resign from Gods oppressive rulership. I DECREE AND DECLARE I’M NO LONGER A CHRISTIAN.

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  4. For all I know the ones that created the world did not intend it for worship and no one person knows why. Church is for those beings that avoid to think

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  5. Sovereign is lost, living in darkness, believing the unbelievable, assuming he merits his existence. Those who know they owe their existence search for their creator so as to render Him due worship, praises and thanksgiving. But despair not, today u may grope in utter darkness, tomorrow u see the light of the world and get filled and glory and praises too.

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  6. The Zambian church in general has become mediocre and hijacked by thieves and burgers
    No credibility at all.

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  7. UPND is full of the likes of Sovereign. Losing an election is like the end of the world because all hope has been placed on a mortal earthly ‘god’ who has flesh blood like all other mere mortals. It’s shame really. But luckily its never too late because Christ came to save lost souls like all of us. In Christian nation like ours chances are high that a good number shall be saved. God Bless Zambia

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    • We live among people who have no faith and hope. My prayer is that God touches such to see that not all is lost. Turn to God because He is full of mercy despite your condition.

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    • You PF thugs are full of hatred for HH and UPND! You are weirded too. Last night you were busy engaging in quick “Dununa reverse” activities in the dark corners with prostitutes! After having gone out into the communities, to maime and kill innocent people that have rejected your party! Or that are simply Tonga! Then you quickly rush to you church to this morning to “worship” GOD?
      He will not hear your prayers because you mock him all the time!
      I am a Bemba supporting HH and UPND because it makes sense to me! I am not going to support PF because they have nothing to offer Zambia my country! They just a waste of time, space and an embarrassment to the world! I don’t want machete wilding thugs in my life! That’s why I voted PF! And those “Christians” who pretend but are full of…

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  8. Our top clergy from the mother bodies are our only hope in Zambia.Small church ‘bishops’ and little ‘priests’ are now unreliable for they have thrown away their morals and joined the long winding queue of traitor clergymen on the PF payroll.
    We continue to pray for peace in our great country. The impending judgement will change Zambia forever, whichever way it goes.

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  9. Most people should be worried about this constitutional court because of the five members 3 come from the bantu botwatwe grouping. The chairperson herself is Tonga. But I hope this group will operate above tribal politics.

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  10. TRUTH BE TOLD, BOTH PF AND UPND RIGGED THESE ELECTIONS.ITS JUST THAT THE OTHER ONE STOLE A LITTLE MORE THAN THE OTHER.CONFIRMED REPORTS FROM SHUSHUSHUZ SHOW THAT ABOUT 39 PEOPLE WHO CAST THEIR VOTES IN DUNDUMWEZI ARE DECEASED-THIS IS CONFIRMED WITH DEATH CERTIFICATES FROM THE HOSPITALS.SO YOU SEE, HOW DID THEY RESSURECT TO COME AND VOTE THEN GO BACK TO THE GRAVE???????????????????????????????WHAT IS WRONG IS WRONG REGARDLESS OF WHO HAS DONE IT

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  11. I doubt if Zambia is still a Christian Nation. We just talk without actions, no love, too much hatred, the love of money which is the root of all evil. Covetousness, jealousy, tribalism, insults and we call ourselves Christians who are we mocking God?

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  12. I don’t want to talk about politics but something patterning to what Sovereign wrote about God. Sovereign, you are contradicting your self, you say God does not exist and you say Lucifer resigned from God’s oppressive rulership meaning he exists. God wants people like to know him. Just look at good things he has given you including life!

    you

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  13. The Church cannot be heard.

    I agree with all the right thinking bloggers on this matter. HH needs better advisors otherwise he risks losing sympaathy of the Zambian prople.

    Courts stand for PUBLIC INTEREST kwamana! Assuming the court ruled that HH won, there will be genocide in the nation hence the court cannot make such a ruling. HH cant see this????? Oh my God

    If they ruled for a re=run, this is a very expensive venture which will impact on the Zambian Kwach losing strndth and the economy slowing down. HH surely cant see that the court cannot make such a decision?

    PUBLIC INTEREST IS PARAMOUNT IN THIS CASE AND HH WILL NOT ACHIEVE ANYTHING BY GOING TO COURT. MCS (MHSRIEP) WAS INDEED A GREAT LEADER AND I HAVE ALOT OF RESPECT FOR MCS’S COUNSEL ON MATTERS OF PUBLIC INTEREST.

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    • Has Lungu staged a coup d’état – a violent overthrow or alteration of an existing Constitutional order?

      The Constitution is very clear under Articles:
      103. (1) The election of a President-elect may be petitioned within 7 days,
      104. (3) Where there is an election petition the Speaker takes over the executive functions,
      105 (2)(a) The President-elect cannot assume office if there is an election petition.

      The Petitioners have asked the Court, in relation to the impugned election, to pronounce themselves inter alia on Articles 101, 102, 103, 104

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    • There’s already genocide started by the PF thugs! We just don’t the killings, beatings, maiming to continue under PF thugs! HH is the way Forward!

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  14. Sovereign, what do you believe in, I bet you don’t even believe in yourself, do not disrespect what other people believe in. For you its actually a shame that you believe in a cowboy, I would rather believe in God than believe in a cowboy without experience what so ever

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    • Sovereign is not UPND! It’s just a PF sympathizer trying to confuse people on this blog! And I can see that he has succeeded in fooling some of you already!
      Please respect other people in your responses and stop assuming characters that you can’t sustain. The people that support HH and are also christians attending the Seventh Day Adventist church, Catholics, Baptists, etc, etc.

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  15. ##17 HAMUSONTA
    I just read your analysis on public interest and security when it comes to what ever decision the lawyers may make, you say there could be genocide if they decided for UPND. Question I have for you is why is UPND responsible for what ever bad may happen to Zambia, why are the leaders in the ruling party not responsible for what ever bad may happen to the country. Now if at all the evidence they present and happens to point at that there was RIGGING is correcting that mistake not a good thing for the country? If you and other people are patriotic Zambians surely you should demand it and accept the outcome, if violence comes because opposition prevails it means the ruling party should not have cheated in the first place. You can not ask one side to act responsible while the…

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