POLITICS of regionalism, tribalism and hate speech are dangerous and capable of tearing the nation apart and setting it ablaze, says National Prayer Watch Christian Network bishop Gregory Nyendwa.
Bishop Nyendwa said the type of politics being experienced in Zambia should be of serious concern to any right thinking and patriotic Zambian because if left unchecked, Zambia would be torn apart.
In a statement to the Daily Nation yesterday, Bishop Nyendwa said that his church seriously condemned the ‘‘barbaric, inhuman and monstrous acts of violence and atrocities’’ being perpetrated by few disgruntled, selfish and frustrated politicians.
“As a church, we condemn the politics of regionalism, tribalism and hate speech which we are experiencing in this country. We condemn this kind of politics because they have the ability to tear the country apart. Not only tearing the country apart, but also setting the country ablaze.
“It should be noted that peace and tranquillity create a conducive investment atmosphere in the country,” Bishop Nyendwa said.
He said until Zambia achieved a certain measure of tolerance, love and forgiveness, the country’s quest for economic development would be unattainable.He urged political party leaders to restrain their cadres from engaging in violent acts as means of airing their grievances, instead they should use established channels such as courts of law to resolve issues.
“As Zambians, let us continue walking on the path of peace, let us unite not to tear down, but to rebuild the foundations of our nation for future generation, to challenge our politicians and the people of Zambia with a renewed vigour and sense of purpose and mission to infuse and inspire our people with hope,” he said.
He congratulated President Edgar Lungu on his re-election as republican President and urged those who had lost to concede defeat because there could only be one republican President.
“Clearly, issues of truth, justice, reconciliation and peace must be high on the political and ethical agenda in Zambia today, especially after the general election of August 11, 2016.
“Therefore, we urge the winners of the elections to embrace those who have lost and the losers to accept and concede defeat. At the end of the day, we are all Zambians and the country should move on,” he said.