Church calls for end to regional voting


THE current ethnic divisions should be addressed by every peace-loving Zambian so that tribe and region do not influence the voting patterns in future elections, says Evangelical Fellowship of Zambia executive director Pukuta Mwanza.

Rev Mwanza said if this was left unchecked soon regional or tribal divisions would trickle down to people in workplaces, markets, communities and also affect the movement and settlement of people across the country.

‘‘We should work together to re-unite the country. As a church body, we wish to commit ourselves to critically review this matter and contribute towards finding a lasting solution to ensure that we strengthen our co-existence in a multi-ethnic Zambian society,’’ he said.

Rev Mwanza thanked President Edgar Lungu for taking a bold step of leadership by promising that he will embrace everyone and all regions of Zambia regardless of the recent voting demographics, stating that it was gratifying that he lived to his promise at the post-election rally at Woodlands Stadium in Lusaka.Rev Mwanza said the Church cherished the peace the country continued to enjoy as a special gift from God; saying ‘‘we should promote peace and unity in the country by avoiding political violence which can degenerate into anarchy and lawlessness’’.

Rev Mwanza congratulated President Lungu on his re-election which showed that people of Zambia had confidence in his leadership by giving him a fresh mandate to lead the country for the next five years.He thanked President Lungu for having raised concerns on the voting pattern that was exhibited in the recent elections and how this threatened national unity.He thanked Zambians for turning up in large numbers to vote peacefully with great patience, saying the Church will continue praying for President Lungu for God to grant him wisdom.

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