United Church of Zambia (UCZ) Northern Presbytery Bishop Maybin Mulenga has called for smart campaigns ahead of this year’s general elections.
Bishop Mulenga said there is need for political parties to campaign peacefully and further called on Zambians to embrace love and unity.
Advising politicians against being divisive before, during and after the elections, Bishop Mulenga noted that a nation built on violence will not flourish but only cause division among ethnic groupings.
He said this during the induction service for Reverend Aaron Sinyinza at St Paul’s UCZ Congregation in Kasama.
And Bishop Mulenga has counselled the church to remain relevant and stand on God’s word
He explained that the church plays a pivotal role in ensuring that the country upholds the “ One Zambia, One Nation “ motto on which it was founded.
“Let us help build peace for the country just as we the United Church of Zambia focuses on the ALL ONE IN CHRIST theme which echoes well with the country’s motto of One Zambia, One Nation, “he said.
Meanwhile, Kasama District Commissioner Kelly Kashiwa said government recognises the significant role the church plays in supplementing its effort of providing holistic development to the people of Zambia.
Mr. Kashiwa said UCZ has been a dependable partner in the provision of quality education and health service through the construction of mission schools and hospitals.
The District Commissioner also urged the church not to involve themselves in partisan politics.
“The church is highly expected to unite the nation and prosperity can only flourish when there is peace and unity, “he said.