Church welcomes re-introduction of Ministry of Religious Affairs

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President elect Edgar Chagwa Lungu(left) receives a gift from Mrs.Ruby Sichilima at St. Andrews Congregation in Lusaka on Sunday,August 28,2016.PICTURE BY SALIM HENRY-STATE HOUSE ©2016
President elect Edgar Chagwa Lungu(left) receives a gift from Mrs.Ruby Sichilima at St. Andrews Congregation in Lusaka on Sunday,August 28,2016.PICTURE BY SALIM HENRY-STATE HOUSE ©2016

The Evangelical Fellowship of Zambia (EFC) has welcomed government’s decision to re-introduce the Ministry of Religious Affairs.

EFC Executive Director, Pukuta Mwanza said the announcement by the President-elect to re-introduce the Ministry of Religious Affairs will promote Christian values and give more meaning to the declaration of Zambia as a Christian nation.

Speaking to ZANIS in Lusaka today, Reverend Mwanza added that the announcement will also oversee the country’s Christian principles.

Rev. Mwanza further called on Zambians to ensure that the binding principles that led to the declaration of Zambia as a Christian nation by late President Fredrick Chiluba are actualized through the creation of an institution that should oversee the enjoyment of the declaration.

And the EFZ Executive Director further applauded President Lungu for initiating and launching the construction of a national house of prayer as part of the efforts to promoting Christianity.

He said the new Ministry’s core concept should capture the teaching in various religious practices in order to promote a sense of unity, respect for humanity through the promotion of peace in Zambia.

Meanwhile The Zambia National Marketeers Credit Association (ZANAMACA) has also applauded President-elect Edgar Lungu for his plans to re-introduce the Ministry of religious affairs in the country.

This is contained in a statement made available to ZANIS in Lusaka today by ZANAMACA President Mupila Kameya.

Mr. Kameya said ZANAMACA would also like to thank God for pioneering this very important Ministry confirmed by God through President Lungu.

He said the re-introduction of the ministry means a lot to the Christian community and the Zambian people at large.

Mr Kameya added that for many years, Churches in Zambia have played a very significant role spiritually in building up families, communities and leadership at various levels

He called on all Zambians to embrace this decision which is intended to bring them together through the spirit of oneness.

He however appealed to President Lungu to continue seeking God’s guidance so that he is given rightful people to manage the Ministry according to Gods will.

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39 COMMENTS

  1. What about other religions? Hinduism, Buddhists, Judaism? Are they going to be banned?

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    • Other ministries to be created by Lungu:

      Ministry of Cadres
      Ministry of Vodka and all spirits
      Ministry of Humbleness and Stupidit.y
      Ministry of PF political violence
      Ministry against independent media and ZNBC promotion

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    • Dear Lungu
      Religion is like a p e n i s. It’s fine to have one and it’s fine to be proud of it, but please d o n’ t whip it out in public and start waving it around… and PLEASE d o n’ t try to shove it down my child’s throat.
      Sincerely, tired of hearing your religious guff

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    • Ladies and Gentlemen, its official, we are doomed. Just what the fcuk is Lungu trying to do?

      Why should religious activities be funded by tax payers? And what will donors think of this, you think they will support the national budget with such unnecessary expenditures.

      Please ConCourt, Save use from this mediocre leadership

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    • No, just like Muslim states so is Zambia a Christian nation. No one will be stopped to practice their faith.

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    • What will be the job of this ministry, identify Satanist in the country, What a joke for a president or is it payback to the Christians for Lugu, The guy has no clue as to what he is doing.

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  2. Zoona it’s DUNUNA REVERSE. Taking us backwards to the 1990’s.

    Remember FTJ had a Religious Desk at State House meanwhile he was hypocritically sleeping with another man’s wife, REGINA MWANZA.

    LUNGU is also just HYPOCRITICAL with using VIOLENT CADRES, CLOSING DOWN PRIVATE MEDIA, Victimizing OPPOSING VIEWS USING POLICE, crooking up ECZ etc.

    The end is usually ugly. Look at where FTJ & Ex-MMD Ministers are today? Most of them have perished quietly.

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    • No matter how beautiful and well crafted a coffin might look, it will not make anyone wish for death. – African proverb

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    • Religion is an excuse for people who are lazy and full of fear to live their purpose.I was also brainwashed for years with the Bible

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    • All these “MEN OF GOLD” are jumping for joy expecting all types of manna suddenly falling from heaven!

      They will soon change the song they are singing when Lungu carries on with his lawless ways….

      AND CLOSES CHURCHES DOWN FOR BEING CRITICAL OF HIS NONSENSE!

      Just like he did with the Post, Muvi TV and the radio stations.

      You have been warned!

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  3. Minister of R.A Frank Bwalya nominated MP. Increasing money in the pockets of PF carders and less for development. This is simply stupidity.

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  4. He that beats the drum for the mad man to dance is no better than the mad man himself. – African proverb

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    • Some I D I O T rolling around on the floor speaking in “tongues” may be all the evidence you need to “prove” that Christianity is b u l l s h i t!

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  5. This is how the PF Govt is going to reduce govt expenditure in the next five years. Lets reduce expenditure by creating another ministry of Street vendors and marketeers.
    Well done ECL

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  6. I have refused to be manipulated by the failed Lungu, let him just hand over power to the person who won the Zambian presidence, period! Not this nonsense.

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    • Expect more of these silly pronouncements every Sunday…when I tell you that Edgar Chagwa Lungu is a Lazy Bum people think its an insult.

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  7. (1) He (His Excellency) said the new Ministry’s core concept should capture the teaching in various religious practices in order to promote a sense of unity, respect for humanity through the promotion of peace in Zambia.
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    (2) The Evangelical Fellowship of Zambia (EFC/EFZ) has welcomed government’s decision to re-introduce the Ministry of Religious Affairs, EFC/EFZ Executive Director, Pukuta Mwanza said the announcement by the President-elect … will promote Christian values and give more meaning to the declaration of Zambia as a Christian nation.

    I don’t Understand the combination of the above Statements.

    Enjoy Wisely

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  8. Ministry of Religious Affairs or Ministry of Christian Affairs? Dont eat a meal before you know the ingredients. So stop agreeing with what you dont know. Religious affairs means looking after Hinduists, Christians, Moslems, Africanists, Buddhists, Jews, in other words all religions in Zambia. But we all know very well Lungu wants to have a ministry that extols Christianity. Its a waste of our tax because we dont need the State’s involvement in our spiritual lives, the ministry of culture can do what this ministry wants to do. Zambia doesnt have money to waste on token ministries

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  9. PF and Edgar Lungu bring the money which you stole when you knew very well that after parliament dissolved ministers weren’t suppose to in offices. They used our govt funds for political campaigns. Maxwell Mwale former mp for Malambo constituency had his seat nullified by PF for abusing state resources under MMD govt so where is the difference especially now that it was a sanctioned by Edgar Lungu. Lungu must face the music in court for day light robbery. All his former ministers who were re-elected on PF will lose their seats too. No wonder PF closed Post newspapers, muvi tv and other private media so that Zambians should not make their informed decisions. PF are thiefs and thugs.

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  10. When religion goes to bed with the state, expect trouble! In mature and successful democracies, there is always a clear and unequivocal separation between religion and the state.

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  11. Job creation and another way for the state to waste tax payers money… when there is no vision anything will seem like a good idea!

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    • The mediocrity has began even before cabinet has been appointed…Zambians should thank the opposition for saving them taxpayers funds through this Concourt…the more days it carries on the more money is saved paying empty tins!!

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  12. I’ll best hope is for the human brain to evolve out of religious ideas. This may take a few centuries more, unfortunately. I really believe religion is like a disease. If you notice, over the course of documented human history, religion has adapted to social changes and scientific discoveries. It’s struggling to survive against the facts. How long can people continue to delude themselves?

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  13. Many spiritually blinded persons can rejoice on such pronouncements. But history reveals that it was such marriages that saw the killing of more than 120 million people during the dark ages. You do not know what tune you are dancing to.

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  14. Ministry of job seekers could have made a lot of sense because there’s almost 5million unemployed in zambia and need food on the table and NOT Chi bible

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  15. My appeal to all believers, please avoid arguing with the none believers & restrain your comments because they are condemning for they have their own faith & religions which you can’t comment on unless you are risking your life. God is in control.

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    • How can a non believer have his/her own religion…firstly you have to understand that there is big difference between God and religion.

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  16. The IMF will not tolerate that.
    It just lungu hallucinating that GRZ still has money.

    Just like when he started hallucinating that he will create 500,000 jobs by years end 2016……

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  17. Its just a wastes of Tax payers money, there are enough churches in the country. This is not a Theocracy but a Democracy, let people practice their faith according to their conscience.

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  18. Protestants freed papal persecution from Europe and founded that America.Why?The Romans were controlling the Kings of Europe and Catholic was under the protection of Government.Whenever any spoke against Catholic doctrine the church leaders influenced the state to send military personnel to arrest them,imprison them,torture them and some were burned alive. That’s why Men and women sailed to america to find a safe place were they could freely worship their God without fear.Having learnt a lesson,america had to put this clause in her constitution and i quote ” Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the…

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