ZAMBIA is mired in poverty, economic crisis, absence of good governance and accountability, says the Council of Churches in Zambia (CCZ).
The CCZ have also observed that tribalism had continued to be the “worst disease” of Zambia.
This is according to the CCZ pastoral letter to Zambians to mark 50 years of Independence.
The letter signed by CCZ president Bishop Alfred Kalembo and CCZ general secretary, Reverend Suzanne Matale called on Zambians to have a common vision in order to build the nation.
“As we start afresh in this season of Jubilee, a common vision is necessary for building our nation,” said the letter.
The Church has reminded Zambians to celebrate the Golden Jubilee with joy and hope adding that the dream for the nation had been mislaid but not lost.
“We are in agreement that positive and significant change in the country will not come from Government and Christian pronouncements but only as people hear the word of God and determine to obey it,” the letter said.
It said Zambians needed leaders with servant attitude and a burning determination to energetically restore, freedom of speech, freedom of the press and the NGO Act.
“We need a leadership committed to give Zambians a republican Constitution which the ordinary people have already grafted for themselves,” the letter said.
The letter said Zambians had already spoken and outlined what they wanted to see in the new Constitution.
“Therefore, let all political leaders know that Zambians are looking for a leadership that will be dedicated to vigorously restore justice, compassion, hardwork, unity, integrity, service and sacrifice from a Christ-like compassion, truth, forgiveness and reconciliation.
“We are at a time that even if the establishment did offer a vision, it would fall on deaf ears because people have lost confidence in our political leadership,” he letter said.
And commenting on governance, the letter says it had led to much hunger.
“Sadly again we have discovered that democracy by itself cannot lead to significant economic prosperity. As we reflect on the challenges facing our nation we state strongly that our problem is not primarily the result of lack of trained manpower.
The letter contended that the greatest challenge was political leadership and civil service that had been paralyzed by tribalism, favouritism, indiscipline, disregard for merit and experience, corruption and political cadre mentality.
“As we reflect on the Jubilee as citizens, we need to do more in holding our political leaders and civil service accountable to us. We, as citizens are the masters and political leaders and the civil service are our servants,” he said.