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,
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.