Representatives of the Three Church Mother bodies
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The three Church Mother Bodies in Zambia, namely: the Council of Churches in Zambia (CCZ), the Evangelical Fellowship of Zambia (EFZ) and the Zambia Conference of Catholic Bishops (ZCCB) have issued a communique on the national dialogue and reconciliation process.

The Church Mother Bodies stated that they are aware of the immense expectations and trust people have put on the Church in Zambia to lead the much talked about dialogue and reconciliation process.They have however refused to be drawn into the discourse of who should lead the process and which other religious organisations should be part and parcel of the leadership in facilitating the dialogue and reconciliation.

The Church Mother Bodies said they take the responsibility of leading the dialogue process as a calling from God to reconcile the nation in order to bring peace and harmony among God’s children in Zambia. In so doing, they neither seek political mileage nor publicity.

The Church Mother Bodies said they have learn from the recent past in which our political leaders failed to abide by what was agreed upon during the Inter-Party Dialogue meeting held at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross on 29th March 2016, which the Church organized in order to respond to the many electoral and human rights issues that were troubling the nation.

They attributed the current state of political division and socio-economic decline in the country to failure by leaders across the political divide,to abide by the very commitments they made to end political violence, misapplication of the Public Order Act and electoral corruption. The Church Mother Bodies believe that the peace accord brokered in that dialogue meeting should have marked a new beginning.

Despite this the Church Mother Bodies said they will draw valuable lessons learnt from their historical success in 1991, when the three Church Mother Bodies, brought Dr.Kenneth Kaunda of UNIP and Dr. Fredrick Chiluba of MMD to a round table dialogue meeting at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross which resulted into Zambia welcoming the multiparty dispensation in a peaceful manner without bloodshed.

Below is the Full Communique

“All this is from God, who through Christ reconciled us to himself and gave us the ministry of reconciliation” (2 Corinthians 5:18)

We the leaders of the three Church Mother Bodies in Zambia, namely: the Council of Churches in Zambia (CCZ), the Evangelical Fellowship of Zambia (EFZ) and the Zambia Conference of Catholic Bishops (ZCCB),AWARE, that immense expectations and trust by the people, have been put on the Church in Zambia to lead the much talked about dialogue and reconciliation process, and that the nation is going through a difficult period economically, socially and politically, and that some of the root causes of the social economic problems emanate from disunity,continued state of political tension and the blatant lack of political will by
our leaders to address the root causes of what is obtaining, and that many public pronouncements have been made by various stakeholders regarding this dialogue process and how it should be moved forward.

However, we refuse to be drawn into the discourse of who should lead the process and which other religious organisations should be part and parcel of the leadership in facilitating the dialogue and reconciliation.

We CONSIDER reconciliation as our duty, given to us by God in exercising our mandate in the prophetic mission of the Church. We are reminded of what St. Paul wrote to the Corinthians:16 “From now on, therefore, we
regard no one according to the flesh, even though we once regarded Christ according to the flesh, we regard him thus no longer. 17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away;
behold, the new has come. 18 All this is from God, who through Christ reconciled us to himself and gave us the ministry of reconciliation” (2 Corinthians 5:16-18). Thus, we take the responsibility of leading this
dialogue process as a calling from God to reconcile the nation in order to bring peace and harmony among God’s children in Zambia. In so doing,we neither seek political mileage nor publicity;

We are CONFIDENT that we can draw valuable lessons from our historical success in 1991, when we the three Church Mother Bodies, brought Dr.Kenneth Kaunda of UNIP and Dr. Fredrick Chiluba of MMD to a round
table dialogue meeting at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross which resulted into Zambia welcoming the multiparty dispensation in a peaceful manner without bloodshed. We also believe that we can learn from the recent
past in which our political leaders failed to abide by what was agreed upon during the Inter-Party Dialogue meeting held at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross on 29th March 2016, which we organized in order to respond to
the many electoral and human rights issues that were troubling the nation.

We further believe that the peace accord brokered in that dialogue meeting should have marked a new beginning. However, as you are all aware, our leaders across the political divide, failed to abide by the very
commitments they made to end political violence, misapplication of the Public Order Act and electoral corruption. Because of this failure, the country is in this state of political division and socio-economic decline;

We therefore RESOLVE to continue the work of preparing a clear road map for a genuine process of dialogue that will be Zambian owned and driven and will be aimed at national reconciliation. As we indicated in our
joint statement of 8th January 2018, “true dialogue means a change of heart, attitude and behaviour. It is a project, an ongoing process and effort. It is the way of life for us Christians which should be heard in our
words, seen in our faces and actions because it is in our hearts”;

We LOOK FORWARD to serious commitment from ALL stakeholders in this process as we call upon them to remain focused and avoid political expediency that may derail the entire process.

We, ON OUR PART, are full of hope for a successful process and remain committed to carry out this mandate entrusted to us by the Zambian people, and with the help of ALL well-meaning Zambians and the mighty
hand of God, Zambia will be set on a new trajectory that will ensure that we truly live in peace, unity and harmony by promoting a culture of true dialogue, good governance, the rule of law and respect of human rights.

Signed
Bishio G. Zumaile Lungu (ZCCB President), Bishop Alfred Kalembo (CCZ President),Bishop Paul Mususu(Board Chairperson-EFZ)

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20 COMMENTS

  1. All the three church mother bodies are being headed by corrupt reverends and bishops.Why should political leaders adhere to their commitments? kikikikikikik

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    • Bottom line is that Lungu is a corrupt thief.

      The only thing he knows is stealing and drinking.

      Zambians deserve much better.

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    • These Bishops and church bodies are more actively involved in Politics than they should.

      I would bet anything they are not as holy as the want us to believe if they were audited correctness

      They are the wrong entities to turn to for any political correctness

      Thanks,

      BB2014,2016

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    • Are you sure you know each of these Bishops to a level where you can point a finger of corruption? Did you personally bribe anyone of them…or did they bribe you or any one you know? Silence is also wisdom it is better than bringing misfortune on your life due to ignorance.

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    • If we had a capable Commander in Chief, there would be no political violence. political violence, misapplication of the Public Order Act and electoral corruption are all encouraged by PF.

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  2. Dialogue among political parties? Reconciliation? Church mother bodies?
    Non of these is constitutional. let UPND and HH move on. They lost the elections, appealed and the courts ruled otherwise. Dialogue will never happen until after 2021 when PF wins.

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  3. You are feeling the pressure to dialogue and about to happen. Pf doesn’t respect the constitution

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  4. I agree with King above. This dialogue thing, c/w ECL & HH being ” bitter rivals” has always amazed me. Surely, how have we ended up accepting this as fact when in reality it is simply because H H refused to accept an election loss? And ever since, he has been the aggressor.
    If Zambians cannot correctly analyse situations, then we will never get it right. HH has been given to much ear for just being a sour loser!

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  5. This is what happens when your so-called leader refuses to have an independent body – Scotland`s Commonwealth to lead the discussion Originally agreed, then suddenly changes his mind, as a manoeuvre to have everything under his control.
    This discussion is actually opening room for doubts that any Zambian body can lead such discussions, whose results will be acceptable by all stakeholders.

    Just seek Scotland` help, if there will be any meaningful progress

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  6. HH is a corrupt thief who enriched himself in the privatization of Zambians’ wealth. He now desperately wants to be in office so he could auction off Zambia to RSA and Angro! He knows what I mean! Sadly, he will retire in Hadream’s Land – in Namwala.

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    • You sharon, you are an empty vessal that makes the most noise. You are desperately afraid to go back to a broke Zambia so you cling on to a dream of keeping your foreign mission job. This dialogue is for Zambia and our country is bigger than your empty brain.

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  7. Sitting down with a person with one Hagenda at heart is wasting time. What are you going to discuss to change a desperate man that has lost Helections five times in role but still wants to be President of Zambia? This is a distraction. Let him go away, far away! In 2021 President Lungu will send him into retirement and that will be the end of the Tribal Gathering Group masquerading as a party.

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  8. @Rhapsody: YOU ARE VERY RIGHT. HH HAS REFUSED TO CONCEDE DEFEAT. AND THAT IS THE REASON FOR THIS SO CALLED STAND OFF. FOR AS LONG AS HH CONTINUES TO CONCEDE DEFEAT, THE SO CALLED DIALOGUE WILL NOT WORK. IT IS ANOTHER WASTE OF TIME AND RESOURCES. WE CANNOT CONTINUE WASTING TIME DANCING TO THE TUNE OF A LOSER. ALL BY ELECTIONS ARE CLEARLY SHOWING THAT THE MAN LOST PANTS DOWN. HH WILL CONTINUE CHANGING GOAL POSTS. IT WILL BE A WILD GOOSE CHASE. WHAT IS WORSE STILL IS THE FACT THAT HE WILL NEVER WIN THE PRESIDENCY IN THIS COUNTRY. AND IF YOU WANT TO BE HAVING DIALOGUES WITH EACH OF HIS EVERY LOSS, YOU CAN GO AHEAD.

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  9. Trusted friend of directionless h.h, Maimane of DA south africa, has just lost a High Court case of expelling Zille from the party and hence as Mayor of Cape Town. Unlike hmh however, there is no indication thay he will appeal….but you never know with h.h’s friends….same stubborn political dunderheads. Or maybe its a mistake on my part to equate these cows to our type of politically bankrupt, futureless and politically directionless cow h.h?

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    • If the court rules anyone is bound to accept, but when the court decides not to rule because of time which they, themselves misinterpreted, it leaves you with nothing to accept bwana.

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  10. Just start the process naimwe ba ‘church mother bodies’ whatever that means, ukumeka kwati banakashi na tu lipstick pa milomo, ala bane!!!

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