Minister of Guidance and Religious Affairs Hon. Godfridah Sumaili during the 70th Anniversary of the World Council of Churches (WCC).
Minister of Guidance and Religious Affairs Hon. Godfridah Sumaili during the 70th Anniversary of the World Council of Churches (WCC).

The Ministry of National Guidance and Religious Affairs is currently validating its Draft National Guidance and Religious Affairs Policy.

Minister of National Guidance and Religious Affairs, Godfridah Sumaili, has noted that if approved, the draft policy will address the challenges that negatively affect the achievement of the country’s developmental objectives, as enshrined in the Seventh National Development Plan.

The Minister has stated that her Ministry has been operating without a policy to guide the implementation and coordination of its mandate.

Ms Sumaili says there is need to have a policy that articulates the focus of the sector and embraces the various stakeholders that play a critical role in the promotion and application of Christian values and principles.

She was speaking in Lusaka today at the National Validation meeting of the Draft National Guidance and Religious Affairs Policy.

And Permanent Secretary in the Ministry, Howard Sikwela, said it is important that the Ministry comes up with a policy to guide the implementation of its mandate as most people do not have an understanding of what it is about.

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  1. The only thing that impedes development is corruption!
    What are you doing about it?
    Christian nation my foot!

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    • Dream on Godfridah Sumaili. She sees herself as God’s gift to all of Zambia’s problems. Youth gangs in Kitwe, rising suicide rate, poor rainfall, no problem. Just call the nation to prayer.

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    • But why has the ministry no policy up to now, what have they been doing for 3yrs+, how are the people going to measure or appreciate the ministry’s achievements without a guide/policy.
      I would like to say thank you now that we have one being validated and hopefully with lots of progressive policies.

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  2. Someone please educate me: What laws is this minister of religions and affairs going to enact and implement without appealing to bigotry, and patronizing posturing??? Imwe cosenin’poni that structure mwe. You have already pushed through October 18 I think it is enough of the reason for that affairs ministry mwe. Awe shuwa

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  3. How about the 10 commandments? Make it 11 commandments by including ‘ Thou shall not engage in corrupt activities’

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  4. ECL is chosen by God just accept it. Only God can decide when Lungu steps down not even the two term limit will stop Lungu we have to wait for a sign from God.

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  5. It is our hope that the policy document will have guidlines on how to weed out those fake pastors / magicians currently extorting hard earned money from their innocent followers.
    These fellows have been committing crime without being arrested.

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    • Unfortunately, it is not likely to because Sumaili is of the same Flock as the commercial Papas. They will, however, deal a hard blow on only the fakes they particularly have beef with.

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  6. Ministry with nothing to do no objective no guidelines etc. What policy do you want to draft now. If it’s a policy for the functions of the ministry how were you operating up to now?

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  7. I doubt there is any other country in the world with a ministry called ‘National Guidance and Religious Affairs”, I mean especially in a country where thieving, adultery, fornication, bigany, tribalism and many other evils as yet unknown to man are common place. You are all going to rot in hell for this blasphemous veil of declaring yourselves a christian country when yours is the stinkiest Sodom and Gomorrah, mwanya!

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  8. I think a Ministry of Entertainment and Partying Affairs should be created in response to loadshedding and no water that marks Zambia’s uniqueness on the world stage.

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  9. This woman minister is not competent to hold that position. She has no credentials for that post.

    Only a Catholic priest can do that job well. Not ba Pente

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  10. “She was speaking in Lusaka today at the National Validation meeting of the Draft National Guidance and Religious Affairs Policy.”

    Political discourse.
    This ministry ought to be at the local level.

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