Church urged to pray for peaceful poll process

ACTING President Guy Scott has appealed to the church to pray for tomorrow’s presidential election for the process to be peaceful.

Speaking during the United Church of Zambia’s 50th anniversary at National Heroes Stadium, Dr Scott said the church should pray for non-violent presidential elections.

“I would like to appeal to the church to pray for this country so that the election that will be held on 20th January 2015 will be peaceful,” he said.

Dr Scott, who was accompanied by Patriotic Front secretary general Davies Chama and Kabwata Member of Parliament Given Lubinda, said he did not want to preempt what he would be saying on TV today on management of peaceful elections.

“I will be talking to the nation tomorrow (today) night appealing to the citizens to exercise peaceful elections,” he said.

And UCZ Synod Bishop Mutale Mulumbwa appealed to all political parties and Zambians in general to vote in peace.

Bishop Mulumbwa said politicians and citizens should avoid any actions that could endanger the nation’s peace, security and stability.

“I particularly wish to make an earnest appeal to Christians from all denominations to ensure that we lead by example and conduct ourselves in a peaceful manner before, during and after the election,” he said.

Bishop Mulumbwa reminded the congregation that the election would provide an opportunity to vote for a candidate of their own choice. And Dr Scott applauded UCZ for its role in society since its inception, adding that it had brought significant development in Zambia.

He said UCZ had significantly contributed to the development of the education system countrywide. “Some of the clergymen in UCZ here have benefited from the church’s education system by acquiring PhDs and some of them are now professors,” he said.

Dr Scott said Government was happy because UCZ had continued performing beyond its expectations.

Dr Scott said most UCZ’s programmes complemented Government’s policies and advised the church to dialogue with Government in serving the people.

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