THE church must take responsibility to ensure there is peace and unity among the people of Zambia as the country heads towards the general elections, says Independent Churches of Zambia (ICOZ) overseer Bishop David Masupa.

He said politicians who were fueling confusion should not be allowed because they were dividing the nation.

Bishop Masupa advised politicians not to be self-centred but become tolerant and respect other people’s views.

He said as the country headed for general elections on August 11, there was need for the church to take a lead and ensure all political players treated each with respect.

“Self-centred individuals should not be allowed to bring confusion and such people must not be listened to, but let us continue to talk about the issues of development,” Bishop Masupa said.

He said Zambians should help the Government to plan and talk about the issues that were bringing development in their livelihood.

Mr Masupa said the Zambian people should be identified by development and not by tribe because ethnic groupings had nothing to do with development.

He advised all the citizens to lift the national flag by embracing peace and unity that was preached on a daily basis.

The clergyman said politicians must be careful with how they handled national issues as carelessness had the potential to divide the nation. He said politicians must at all cost avoid promoting tribalism in the country because it had the potential to divide the people. Bishop Masupa said the church would continue to preach peace and unity for the betterment of Zambia as the country was headed for polls

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