Archdiocese of Kasama Archbishop Ignatius Chama
Archdiocese of Kasama Archbishop Ignatius Chama

A clergy has observed that political violence and conflicts among political parties will be a thing of the past if leaders of different political groupings interact more by encouraging each other to attend prayers together.

Speaking during the funeral service of late Senior Chief Mwamba of the Bemba speaking people Arch Bishop of Kasama Ignatius Chama said political leaders should be encouraging each other to attend Church together and pray for the well being of the nation as opposed to what has become prevalent were leaders are seen to cause conflicts even during church gatherings.

In an apparent reference to an incident which recently happened in Chilubi Islands were a named politician was harassed by cadres from a named party, the Clergy said it was sad that even men of God were being accused of favouring different political leaders.

He said the House of God welcomes everyone and that the harmony he had seen between the PF and MMD leaders should be seen among all politicians.

“Call your friend from the other party and tell them that there are prayers this side let us go and pray together not these things we are seeing were you start asking; who has brought this one. It’s these same Bishops! They are the ones who like that one that is why they called him, you even write in government books that it is that Bishop who called that one, No! You are supposed to encourage each other because you are coming for prayers to ask the Lord to bless you and also bless you in your leadership. I like what I am seeing today. Mr Mutati who invited you to this funeral? I was going to be even happier if the chairman for PF had called you to this funeral. I would have been happier because I would have seen that you do call each other for prayers without segregating based on party lines.

“I am telling you people of God if we see what we have seen today were leaders from different political parties can sit together in this fashion even as we go towards 2021 we will not be fighting. What happened in Chilubi should not be allowed to be part of our politics. Why should people who have come for prayers be asking questions about their friends? Who has called him here? Who has called him here? A fight almost broke out during prayers. I felt very bad. I asked myself how we have reached these levels? What more in 2020 when they stand for elections. No one should be stopped from attending prayers.

“Everyone is invited to the house of the Lord. Of course if it is a political rally you are supposed to stay away unless you are invited. During rallies everyone will attend their rallies but not prayers, all are invited for prayers. We are here for prayers and no one is talking about politics, we want to do our prayers respectfully and mourn our Chief that is my counsel to my leaders sitting in front of me,” he said.

The Clergy further said by seeing them together, followers of different political parties will have no reason to fight their peers.

“And for us young ones who are your followers when we see that you love each other why would we fight. If we see you joking among yourselves why would we engage in political violence. Continue with the spirit I have seen today and God will protect our country and peace will prevail among us but if what I talked about is repeated we will not have peace in our country,” he said.

And MMD president Felix Mutati said the little interaction he had with late Senior Chief Mwamba revealed a non partisan traditional leader.

“The senior chief had a very short year having taken over from the now Chitimukulu in November 2017 so he was just beginning to get his feet on the ground, beginning to understand the things that were in his chiefdom, beginning to unite the Bemba people but what was very clear is that he was a humble man.

“On a number of occasions that I interreacted with him and he was very focused with things he wanted to do in his chiefdom but obviously his life was cut short. If there is something he said the last time I visited him here, was that you politicians must behave yourselves as one unifying voice and I think as politicians we haven’t lived up to his legacy. So for me I take the words of the Bishop as the beginning of the journey,” said the MMD leader.

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10 COMMENTS

  1. HH was about to be best friends with Dr. Edgar. Archbishiop Mpundu arranged everything and both were so ready to hug, but thugs in PF started barking like hungry wild dogs at the Church lead Dialogue.

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  2. But who is MMD president?. ba Nevas oloniba Mutati? naimwe ba Lusaka times its as though you don’t know what the courts have ruled,,,yaaabbaa kweena??

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  3. Zambian politicians, especially ECL and his PF loyalists, do not go to church to pray.They only pretend.In fact church congregations that invite PF leaders commit sin because the presence of these corrupt and immoral people in their churches is certainly a sacrilege. PF leaders go to church to campaign and to bribe church leaders.Churches have also been turned into political campaign fora and platforms, and, church leaders are mainly to blame for this because they shamelessly and openly accept bribes from these politicians. Genuine prayer is the last thing on Zambian politicians` minds in church.PF leaders only have 2021 on their minds.Churches are serving this purpose very well and so how can they the Opposition to pray together?

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    • Better they go to church than completely stay away. Their presence in church means their is hope that one they may just in counter the word of God and transform unlike those who ran away from cburch. Church is and will never be a place for perfect people. Get this correct in your brain. Church is a place for perfection, church is like a hospital receiving all sorts of sicknesses and troubles.

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    • Churches are for the broken Sinners not the self righteous.

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    • It’s because of yoir childish reasoning. That ministry must stay. Just because we people we feel are not doing their job does not mean the ministry is irrelevant , that’s lack of using your brain properly. We need it but must be done is to correctly define its purpose for the Zambian environment.

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  4. It’s because of your childish reasoning. That ministry must stay. Just because we have people we feel are not doing their job does not mean the ministry is irrelevant , that’s lack of using your brain properly. We need it but what must be done is to correctly define its purpose for the Zambian environment.

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  5. We are Christian nation after all. Leaders in waiting should support those k. Leadership currently. In truth, some of them attend same churches.

    Let’s widen the call to all citizens to assume different mindsets for the well-being of everyone no matter the Political Party they support.

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