President Edgar Lungu says he has no intention of hijacking the church but that he wants to incorporate it in the duties of the state.
Speaking during a celebratory mass at Divine Mercy Catholic Church President Lungu said his intention to have a Minister of Religious Affairs for Faith and National guidance was to harmonize the relationship between the State and the Church.
“How can I surely abuse the Church? The church exists independent of the state. We are believers in Christ and the Church and for us who are believers the State is subordinate to the Church,” President Lungu said.
He announced that the Secretary to the Cabinet had been tasked to speak to the three Church mother bodies to look into ways the new ministry would operate.
President Lungu re-echoed the importance of having Christian faith in the country and in politics.