Kitwe Mayor Kelvin Sinyangwe has advised Christians especially youths against celebrating Easter through excessive beer drinking, sexual immorality and other vices.
Mr Sinyangwe said Easter was the time Jesus Christ was crucified before he resurrected and so Christians should celebrate Easter through reconciliation, helping the poor and promoting the spirit of unity.
Mr Sinyangwe, who is Patriotic Front (PF) Kafue ward councilor, said it was imperative that Kitwe residents in particular and Zambians in general proved that Zambia was a Christian nation through celebrating Easter in an exemplary manner.
“We are all sinners and fallen short of the glory of God, but during a time like this, when we are celebrating Easter, let us not become worse by celebrating Easter through excessive beer drinking, sexual immorality or being so cruel.
“Let us celebrate Easter through reconciliation with those we differed with, giving to the poor and promoting oneness in Kitwe and in Zambia,” Mr Sinyangwe said.
Mr Sinyangwe also said, as Kitwe Mayor, he was happy that he had been actively involved in the celebration of the Easter and was giving out his message to encourage and promote unity and peace in the country.
He said Zambia had always been a peaceful country and so it was imperative that all Zambians worked towards maintaining the peace which the country had been enjoying since independence.
“We may face various economic challenges in the country, but what is important is to maintain peace because peace is a prerequisite of development.
“Where there is no peace, there can’t be development. So clergymen, the church and other stakeholders, let us speak the language of promoting peace and unity in the country,” He said.
And UPND leader Hakainde Hichilema has appealed to President Michael to use the Easter period to sincerely reflect on his proclamation to govern the country by the Ten Commandments and begin working on reducing the cost of living for the majority of the poor Zambians.
In his Easter message to the nation, Hichilema said when President Sata proclaimed that he was going to govern the country by the Ten Commandments; Zambians were overjoyed because they believed that the country was going to be governed by Christian values.
Mr Hichilema said the spate of violent activities perpetrated by the Patriotic Front (PF) cadres without any condemnation from President Sata was a sign that the Head of State had abandoned his commitment to govern the country by the dictates of the Ten Commandments and that he had instead adopted style of governance whose hallmark was fear, intimidation and brutality.
He said Zambians have realized and acknowledge that the country was not being governed as a Christian nation as there were many economic, political and social evils that had beset the country, never before known in history.
“Easter is a time to reflect on our commitment to the Christian faith but we should also reaffirm our commitment to the Christian nation proclamation for which the country is known.
By now we all know that the state of the nation is not what it should be in a Christian nation and democratic country. We are seeing an increase in intolerance which manifests itself in many ways including violence, crime, and outright defamation and narrowing of democratic space by those in government. When President Sata proclaimed that he was going to rule the country by the Ten Commandments, we were all overjoyed and took him seriously. Alas, we are now in difficult times as the President has completely renegaded on his undertaking,” Mr Hichilema said.