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General News Church, govt collaboration cardinal-President Lungu

President Edgar Chagwa Lungu attends Church Service at United Church of Zambia (UCZ) St Luke congregation in Mushota, Kawambwa district of Luapula Province.
President Edgar Chagwa Lungu attends Church Service at United Church of Zambia (UCZ) St Luke congregation in Mushota, Kawambwa district of Luapula Province.
President Edgar Lungu has taken a swipe at those politicizing the collaboration between government and the church.

President Lungu said it is unfortunate that people are accusing him of riding on the church to get into power, when he initially made it clear that he would work with the church.

He reiterated government’s commitment to continue working with the church regardless of sentiments from various groups of society in order to uplift the welfare of the citizenry.

President Lungu noted that the absence of the church in politics may lead to the infestation of wrong leaders in the country.

President Lungu stated that the church should be involved in selecting the best leaders that can serve the country.

Speaking at State House when the Christian Coalition team paid a courtesy call on him, President Lungu said politicians are the final decision makers in Parliament, thus if not well placed can advance their personal interests and not value the plights of the people who ushered them in office.

He stated that the church should bring forth their members who can help saturate the political landscape in order to get the best leaders.

“Christians too should participate in politics. This has been my calling for a long time because I see no harm in churches getting their best sons and daughters to serve their people through the platform of politics. So we want people who will be true to the calling of politics,” President Lungu said.

The Head of State also expressed displeasure with those opposing the COVID-19 empowerment fund initiative for churches stating that the church is also affected by the pandemic.

The Head of State further implored the church to pray for peace to continue prevailing in the country especially before and after the 2021 general elections.

And Christian Coalition President, Charles Mwape commended President Lungu for his continued support towards the church.

Prof. Mwape said the Coalition was established in response to calls by the Head of State for Christians to take part in political activities.

“We have been following your statements, especially on your call for Christians to be active in politics and we have also been following your good works that you have been doing for the church in Zambia,” he said.

He added that Christians appreciate the declaration of October 18th as the Day of National Prayer, Fasting and Reconciliation, the construction of the national house of prayer and an additional COVID-19 relief fund, among other programmes.

Prof. Mwape said it is evident that President Lungu has not sidelined the important role of the church in the country.

Prof. Mwape urged the Head of State not to be intimidated by those opposing the Church empowerment fund, as the church among other stakeholders were involved in the consultation process following their request for financial support from government amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

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20 COMMENTS

  1. Is it that our politicians don’t get what is being said or it’s just what it is? Would anyone answer me why we are not empowered all the time than just now? Did we answer where this is coming from and also what we are doing about the debt?

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  2. Professor Mwape is acting like a person who never read the article of his Grace Bishop Lungu. It is this kind of many educated people who have let down Zambians by being greedy and wanting to be noticed. These are men pleasers, not God pleasers. Even though they know in their hearts it is morally wrong support giving free money before giving retirees who have no income to feed themselves. These are the people encouraging the president to do a wrong thing.

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  3. Some People want a national debate so that they can choose between Dununa Reverse n FORWARD IWE

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  4. I am very shocked that he thinks we currently have the right leaders in the country. If that were the case, why is Zambia worse off in terms of economic performance compared to our peers in the region who also have covid. Our economic situation was deteriorating even before covid came

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  5. “He reiterated government’s commitment to continue working with the church regardless of sentiments from various groups of society in order to uplift the welfare of the citizenry.”-LT

    PF time out. You are out of touch.

    Don’t expect IMF Soon.

    “Congressional oversight refers to the review, monitoring, and supervision of federal agencies, programs and policy implementation, and it provides the legislative branch with an opportunity to inspect, examine, review and check the executive branch and its agencies.”

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  6. Imagine pf using an area councilor for the voters verification process in Mindolo and that is fine with the ECZ. What a regime!

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  7. ECL wants Collaboration with the Church when it suits him. ECL wants the Church to endorse his Third Term Bid even though it is illegal and unconstitutional. Breaching the Republican Constitution and stealing Elections is Satannic and ungodly. The Church stands for the Truth,Love and justice.

  8. THE PRESIDENT DOESNT HAVE THE ACCUMEN OR CONFIDENCE TO HOLD A NATION DEBATE
    WHY ELSE WOULD HE REFUSE ???
    A DEBATE WOULD DEFINITELY BE A DECIDING FACTOR IN THIS ELECTION

  9. Useless ka worst president on earth dull as they come, the dander head who bankrupted a country with those yellow stinky teeth teeth…. Tin pot dictator

  10. Sometimes when God judges a wicked nation, he does so by giving it wicked leaders and a corrupt church full of hypocrites that love money and misuse the name of God to get money.
    Let all genuine Christians in this country pray for God’s mercy on the country. Let the wicked turn from their evil ways. Perhaps we may be spared from the impending calamity.

  11. Why does a president, who contravenes every single one of the ten commandments on a continuous basis, want to work with the church? And only when the elections are around the corner? Maybe it has something to do with BUYING VOTES???

  12. NOT EVEN GOD CAN SAVE THIS COUNTRY NO MATTER HOW LONG AND HARD WE ALL PRAY !!!
    DIDN’T HE SUPPOSIDLY SAY HE WILL HELP THOSE WHO HELP THEMSELVES
    ISN’T THIS PLAIN ENOUGH ??? IF HE WAS THAT CARING WHY IS THIS WORLD IN SUCH A MESS WITH ALL THE WARS ETC ETC
    SO UNLESS WE THE PROPLE DO SOMETHING ABOUT THE NONSENSE WE IN
    WE MUST EXPECT TO SUFFER

  13. I have read the Letter by the Bishop of Chipata and it speaks truth to power. Every well meaning Christian or just decent human being will find nothing wrong with its message. What’s wrong with paying the old retirees who have been waiting for their dues for years? What’s wrong with prioritising funding of hospitals, clinics and missionary schools and projects that directly uplift lives of the poor in rural areas? The Bible says, you shall know them by their fruits, those who put riches before service are now lining up to get their piece of the pie. God bless the Catholic Church and all the other traditional churches whose pillar and foundation is the gospel and not the vanity of fame and riches.

  14. prof. mwape you are of Judas lineage and that so called coalition of yours is a coalition of crooks. what good advice can you give to the erring national leaders. who doesn’t know your great appetite for money? ok ECL WILL GIVE YOU FOR HE LIKES GIVING PEOLE LIKE YOU. BUT REMEMBER ALL SINNERS SHALL GO TO HELL

  15. WE IN HELL ALREADY WELL THE MAJORITY OF US ANYWAY
    BUT WAIT FOR NEWS CONFERANCE TODAY IT WILL CAUSE A STIR FOR SURE

  16. God please save our nation as these Churchs rush to state House to get a brown bag of money. we saw this with FTJ but did it save him. No. Please get the money but vote wisely. Where has he been in the last 4 years to suddenly think of empowering pf cadres and churches.
    How can a person surely say Zambians will vote for me because am Humble. Sure. That is the only quality that ECL can see in himself. He can not say because i dont tolrate corruption, i have created jobs, i have reduced the cost of living, etc

    Vote wisely note handouts

  17. As a born again Christian, I agree with my president. It is disappointing to see some church leaders politicising the church and refusing to receive funds meant to help poor people within their communities. These are devilish behaviours being exhibited

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  18. DISSAPOINTING TO YOU CROOKED ONES YE YES
    BUT ABSOLUTE JOY TO US WHO FOLLOW THE DECOMCRATIC LAWS AND WHO HAVE PRINCIPLES

  19. As a Born again Christian @ kaiza, you would then know that the Church is Separate from the State, all his time Jesus on earth never mentioned any political leader from his mouth. why, READ the book of Samuel, the story of Saul, if you are truly a Christian, you would Know what God said about a Politian. if you want to practice politics, please do it all heartedly but do not involve God in it, for Galatians 6:7, “you cannot Fool God” He is in heaven and you are on earth, and you are his creation, meaning you cannot mock him. better do politics and stay away from the church. for the Chruch is His dwelling and he said 1 Peter 1:16, Be Holy for I m Holy. don’t bring a curse upon yourself. God cannot be fooled.

  20. You cannot fool God, so don’t make a fool of yourself! You will harvest what you plant. GALATIANS 6:7

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