Cholera, graft major concerns in tense Zambia

Zambian president Edgar Lungu

Zambian president Edgar Lungu

from ARNOLD MULENGA in Lusaka, Zambia
LUSAKA, (CAJ News) – CHURCHES have expressed concern at the political tensions, corruption and hate speech in Zambia.

In a statement issued by the World Council of Churches, religious leaders lamented that despite the public pronouncements that Zambia is a peaceful country, “the reality on the ground is different.”

The religious leaders urge political leaders to refrain from hate speech against opponents.

“These leaders of political parties must restrain themselves and their members from making inflammatory or irresponsible statements.”

Tensions have beset Zambia following polls held in 2016.

Incumbent Edgar Lungu narrowly won the elections whose outcome his rival Hakainde Hichilema disputed citing vote rigging.

He was in 2017 arrested on suspicion of treason and charged with attempting to overthrow the government.

The opposition leader was released in August.

A month earlier, Lungu imposed a state of emergency after a fire gutted the country’s biggest market in the capital Lusaka. Opposition supporters were blamed.

Churches called for dialogue to resolve the tensions.

“True dialogue means a change of heart, attitude and behavior,” religious leaders stated.

The Council of Churches in Zambia, Evangelical Fellowship of Zambia and Zambia Conference of Catholic Bishops made the call.

Meanwhile, they expressed sadness at the loss of lives from an outbreak of cholera that claimed over 60 lives.

– CAJ News




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