‘Clergy must desist partisan politics’


By nation Reporter

A Copperbelt-based political advisor Charles Silwimba has urged clergymen in the province to desist from engaging in partisan politics because they are misleading the people they claim to teach the word of God.

Mr Silwimba said it was disheartening to note that some clergymen had taken politics to the pulpit by aligning themselves with some political parties because they wanted to benefit from them.

He said the Church was a place of worship which accommodated different kinds of people with various political, social and economic backgrounds. Mr Silwimba said once the clergymen attached themselves to a particular political party, it became difficult for the other congregants who belonged to other groupings to follow the teachings of the Bible.

He said the clergy should leave politics to politicians and concentrate on teaching the word and providing advice to political players on the Copperbelt. “The clergymen should provide checks and balances to both the ruling and opposition political parties because their role is to spread the word of God without discriminating any church member based on their political affiliation,’’ said Mr Silwimba.

He said the Church should work together and denounce some of the clergymen who were involved in active politics because they were hiding in the ‘‘skin of the sheep and yet, they were wolves’’.

Mr Silwimba said clergymen should preach peace and forgiveness during and after the elections because a political party was not larger than the country. He appealed to the clergy in various churches on the Copperbelt to respect the fundamental human rights of their church members.

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