Politicians have managed to split the Church owing to poverty

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FILE: Mothers at at UCZ Kariba Consistory Siavonga Congregation on Sunday Greets President Edgar Lungu before he address a Public rally – Picture by Eddie Mwanaleza/Statehouse 10th July 2016.

Lusaka based clergyman has observed that the Zambian Politicians have managed to divide the church in the country due to high levels of poverty.

In an interview with QTV news recently, Apostolic Leader for Access Church Africa Overseer Bishop Richard Kakuwa observed that politics of poverty in Zambia have infiltrated the church, affirming that this has largely contributed to the church being compromised and failing to speak with one voice.

Dr. Kakuwa revealed that poverty is also in the church today and that this is why some pastors want to associate themselves with politicians forgetting their role and standing in society and has since expressed worry at the pace the church in Zambia is conducting itself.

And Dr. Kakuwa who is also Every Home for Christ Regional Director has however urged that the church in Zambia to go back to the drawing board before it is rendered as irrelevant to national guidance.

He further warned that if the church wants to delve into active politics especially taking sides as they offer guidance to the nation, the consequences that would follow after might be very challenging to the church and the country at large.

“Politics of poverty in Zambia have infiltrated the church, that this is why some pastors want to associate themselves with politicians forgetting their role and standing in society” Bishop Kakuwa said

Meanwhile, Redeemed Methodist Church Bishop Reverend Paul Bupe has stressed the need for all church mother bodies in Zambia to call for an indaba aimed at strategizing and compel the church to speak with one voice for Zambians.

Reverend Bupe observed that the Church in Zambia has come under scrutiny following contradictory statements issued by various church leaders on the state of the nation.

“There is need for all church mother bodies in Zambia to call for an indaba aimed at strategizing and compel the church to speak with one voice for Zambians” Reverend Bupe said

And Evangelical Fellowship of Zambia (EFZ) Executive Director Pukuta Mwanza echoed sentiments by Apostolic Leader for Access Church Africa Overseer Bishop Richard Kakuwa suggesting that the church in the country is in a more serious crisis than politicians.

He has also noted that the church has failed to unite the country which has resulted in the continued political tension due to partisan lines.

“The church in the country is in a more serious crisis than politicians” Pukuta Mwanza said

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    The Church should not be in Politics. Period! Once you get entangled with Politics then you’ll definitely take sides and be used a weapon to divide the people. Let the church be independent from partisan Politics and do it’s work and offer guidance and counsel to everyone regardless of party affiliation.

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