Christians in Zambia should stand on the true word of God by openly rejecting machinations of the devil to divide the nation, especially now that the country is heading towards the 2016 general elections, says President Edgar Lungu.

He has also urged political players to exercise restraint ahead of the 2016 general elections to avoid any violence and ensure peaceful elections in Zambia which had always been a haven of peace.

President Lungu was speaking yesterday at Nkana Stadium in Kitwe when he officiated at the closing of the United Church of Zambia (UCZ) Golden Jubilee celebrations.

“It disheartens me to see how agents of the devil are being used to sow seeds of discontent in this nation. As Christians, let’s stand on the true word of God by openly rejecting machinations of the devil to divide this nation.

“My fervent prayer is that, as we approach general elections this year, we should exercise restraint as political players. The church also has an onerous task this year to preach peace across the country and to inculcate values of oneness among Zambians,” he said.

President Lungu paid glowing tribute to the UCZ for its significant contribution made in shaping people’s moral fibre by ministering to their spirits and souls, providing health care and education services across the country.

“In recognizing the tremendous efforts made by the church, I wish to also applaud our heroes and heroines who have benefited from the UCZ and were also magnanimous to help shape our political landscape. Notable among them include the first Republican President Dr Kenneth David Kaunda, Harry Mwaanga Nkumbula, Simon Mwansa Kapwepwe, Dr Mutumba Bull and Lily Monze,” he said.

President Lungu said the spirit of oneness by Zambia’s founding fathers and mothers to fight for Zambia’s independence, attained on 24th October 1964, was driven by the principles and values acquired from the mission schools and training institutions.

He appealed to the church congregants to restore the church slogan of ‘All one in Christ ‘because it resonates well with the country’s motto of “One Zambia, One Nation.

“I am very passionate to see to it that we remain united as one big family in Christ. Such slogans which remind us of the need to be united must be embraced as we are a Christian Nation,” Mr Lungu said. Earlier, UCZ synod b ishop Mutale Mulumbwa said the celebration of the Golden Jubilee was a time of serious reflection and it was important that the church remained united.

Reverend Mulumbwa said the UCZ would continue to rally behind President Lungu because it was the role of the church to support the republican President.

“As UCZ, we will continue to support you because that is our mandate, but in our efforts to support you, we face barriers when we want to meet you and talk to you.  Your security personnel don’t allow us to meet you and exchange notes on various issues of the nation,” Reverend Mulumbwa said


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