Special Assistant to the President for Politics, Levy Ngoma, says the church pulpit should never be used to settle political scores but to preach peace, love and reconciliation for the country to move forward.
Mr Ngoma said President Hakainde Hichilema wants the church to remain an independent body of Christ that can perform its role of upholding good morals, values and preaching unity in society.
Speaking at Gilgal Missions Centre in Lusaka where he congregated today, Mr Ngoma reiterated government’s position not to stand in the way of the church as it continues to voice out for the oppressed and vulnerable people in communities.
He explained that government considers the church as a partner in development thus, it should continue praying for the leadership as it works towards turning the fortunes of the country.
He said regardless of the challenges faced by Zambia, President Hichilema is committed to delivering development methodically and meticulously, with the support and patience from the church and its people.
Mr Ngoma further noted that President Hichilema remains grateful to the church and is open to feed from the fountain of wisdom.
“We must, as citizens stand together and fight the evil talk of tribalism in our country because this vice has no place and should not be entertained even for generations to come,” Mr Ngoma stated.
He reaffirmed the President’s position not to support homosexual practices and gay rights in Zambia.
And Mr Ngoma has commended Gilgal Missions Centre Leader, Joston Chama, for the humility he exhibited when he provided counsel to President Hichilema in 2016.
Meanwhile, Mr Ngoma has urged the church and its members to participate in the different empowerment programmes being offered by the government.
He said the Constituency Development Fund (CDF), social cash transfer for the vulnerable, the Citizens Economic Empowerment Commission (CEEC) loans and the market booster loans are there to benefit various the Zambian people.
And Gilgal Missions Centre Leader, Joston Chama, said the church is committed to supporting Godly governance principles through mentorship.
Bishop Chama however stated that the government should be open to criticism which is done with due respect to its leaders and those that aspire to lead in the future.
He noted that the church wants the government to lead through Christian values if the country is to be successfully governed.
He has since urged politicians to remember that they too, have a life aside from being politically aligned, hence their present actions should be good as they will determine their future especially when they leave office.
Bishop Chama also told the youths to know that success is assured as long as they follow the right principles.