Canadians pray for Zambia’s peace, unity

THE United Church of Canada (UCC) has expressed confidence that Zambia will continue to be a haven of peace and has offered prayers and solidarity so that the country can hold peaceful elections on August 11.

This is contained in a letter by UCC secretary general Nora Sanders to her counterparts in the Christian Council of Zambia (CCZ) Suzanne Matale and United Church of Zambia’s Peggy Kabonde that the church was praying as well as standing in solidarity with the country following the current spate of violence in the run-up to the general elections.

Ms Sanders said that throughout history Zambia had stood out as a haven of peace and calm that offered refuge and security to its neighbours who had experienced violent conflicts.

She said that the country was a role model for countries around the world on how to live in diversity and difference.

“The United Church of Canada offers prayers for and solidarity with you and partners in Zambia in the wake of the violence in the run-up to the August 11, 2016 Zambian general elections,’’ she said.

Ms Sanders said that the United Church of Canada’s membership echoed the church’s appeal for calm as the country goes to the polls next week.

“Throughout its history, Zambia has stood out as a haven of peace and calm, offering refuge and security model for countries around the world on how to live with genuine respect for diversity and difference,” she said.

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