President Edgar Lungu has challenged political parties participating in the Chilanga parliamentary by-election to engage in issue-based politics as opposed to engaging in violence.
The Head of State says the people of Chilanga are interested in development and not violence.
He says politicians should not promote hate speech and urged the people of Chilanga to reject those propagating violence.
And President Lungu says government and the church will continue working together to better the lives of Zambians.
The President says his government values the contribution of the church to national building, unity and development.
He has called on the church to rise to the occasion and condemn acts that have the potential to divide the nation and hamper development.
President Lungu said this in a speech read on his behalf by Minister of National Guidance and Religious Affairs, Godfridah Sumaili during the fundraising service for the construction of the Chilanga UCZ congregation.
Speaking during his homily, Reverend in charge of Bethel congregation Lordwell Siame called on congregants to cultivate the culture of hard work if the country is to see development.
Reverend Siame said the church will continue encouraging good morals and unity amongst citizens to have a peaceful country.
And UCZ Lusaka south consistory Chairperson Christopher Njovu thanked President Lungu for creating an enabling environment for churches to operate freely.
Reverend Njovu said Zambia is a shining example of democracy in the African continent because of the good leadership of the government and the fear of the lord by the Head of State.