The United Church of Zambia () in Northern Province has joined many other stakeholders in congratulating President-elect Hakainde Hichilema.
UCZ Northern Presbytery Bishop Maybin Mulenga said the election of Mr. Hichilema shows that Zambia is not only a democratic country but also a true beacon of peace.
Bishop Mulenga said Mr. Hichilema’s election as the seventh President is a great milestone especially that he was voted in by people from all parts of the country regardless of tribe or region.
“Being elected as a leader especially at presidential level means a lot. It is an indication that the will of the people has been heard. The people chose him through an election that was unprecedented. This therefore shows that democracy of the country has been upheld” he said
The clergyman has since advised the President-elect to work with the people of Zambia, stating that people have high expectations of him to deliver good leadership.
Bishop Mulenga has meanwhile urged Zambians to give the new president time to deliver on his promises.
He added that the support Mr. Hichilema received through the votes during the election is a stepping stone in making Zambia a better country.
“People have shown confidence in you thus work with them in bringing positive transformation in all sectors of the economy in the country” he advised.
The clergyman said this in an interview with ZANIS in Kasama district.
And Bishop Mulenga has commended President Edgar Lungu for the leadership he demonstrated during the time he was in office.
“As Zambians we will always be grateful for the patriotism you showed us,” he said.
Meanwhile, Bishop Mulenga has expressed sadness over the post-election violence that has been witnessed in some parts of the country.
He explained that such vices should not be allowed to go on as they have the potential to cause chaos in the country.
The clergy has since called on political leaders to strongly condemn violence and counsel their supporters to refrain from engaging in such vices.
Meanwhile, United Party for National Development (UPND) Northern Province Youth Chairperson Paul Mulenga has urged young people to heed calls by President-elect to uphold peace and unity.
Mr. Mulenga said he does not expect party members to engage in any form of violence after Mr. Hichilema called n Zambians to desist from engaging into violence.
He has further cautioned party members not to interfere with the work of civil servants in various government departments.