Government to ensure all interest groups are involved in churches self-regulatory framework

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Government says it will ensure that the proposed self-regulatory framework for churches and other religious groups is representative of a broad spectrum of stakeholders before it is adopted.Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of National Guidance and Religious Affairs,

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says government wants to ensure that all interest groups are well represented before the proposed self-regulatory frame work is finalized.

Ms. Chifwepa said government does not want to be perceived as an architect of a document meant to stifle religious liberties in the country but as a stakeholder interested in broad consensus to streamline religious activities in the country.

The Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of National Guidance and Religious Affairs said this when she put off a meeting which was called to discuss the way forward concerning the draft self-regulatory framework for churches and other religious groups in Lusaka today.Ms. Chifwepa postponed the meeting after it came to light that some interest groups were missing on the attendance list.

Meanwhile, Evangelical Fellowship of Zambia (EFZ) Executive Director, Reverend Pukuta Mwanza, says the process regarding the finalization of self-regulation of churches and other religious groups is an important undertaking that must be supported by all well-meaning citizens.

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7 COMMENTS

  1. Government has no business playing in the religious space.

    We need to see more laws regulating government itself. This framework is simply a manoeuvre by this superfluous ministry to gain relevance proped by immoral bishops.

    What a waste of tax kwachas.

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    • religious leaders and politicians have something in common, they both suck on poor and ignorant masses.

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    • AS long as a Mwanza is behind this issue it has Pf curtail shaping the law to squeeze out the Catholics.

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  2. This Ministry is misplaced. It will bring more confusion. You cannot regulate religion. The government of pagan Rome tried to regulate religion just after Jesus went back to Heaven in the First Century but it resulted in persecution of Christians because the government perceived them as being extreme,. but all they did was what Jesus told them to do.

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  3. They want to regulate churches to the exclusion of the catholics. A way of sidelining catholics. Now mozlms will surely have a big say being ECLs religion.

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