President Edgar Lungu has called on the church to saturate the country’s political landscape because they will be serving with knowledge that they are serving God through mankind.
President Lungu says there is need for people who are true to the calling of politics to come on board to serve the citizens and the republic of Zambia regardless of their ethnic grouping or region they hail from.
The head of state said this when a delegation of clergy from the Christian Coalition paid a courtesy call on him at state house today.
President Lungu said he did not see why politics should divide Christians when they are serving the same God.
And President Lungu dismissed assertions that the church should be isolated from politics and the state because they cannot mix.
He said there was need to devise strategies on how to address the suffering of the people and the church when the country was first confronted with the COVID-19 pandemic.
President Lungu said Government came up with the COVID-19 fund for the church and religious based organizations after consultations.
The President expressed concern that despite Government efforts to help cushion the impact of the pandemic on the church, the initiative is receiving a backlash from the church.
He however said Government will not be discouraged by that because the introduction of the COVID-19 fund is intended to support the church members among them youths, women and vulnerable people.
President Lungu has urged the church to resolve the conflicts themselves and noted that the PF Government has been helping the church and pledged to work with them when he took responsibility as Head of state.
President Lungu wondered why he is being accused of thriving on the popularity of the church to get back into power in 2021.
And Christian Coalition President Charles Mwape expressed shock that the noble cause of the COVID-19 fund has been politicized.
Bishop Mwape explained that the decision to have the fund in place arose from the church’s request to the Government on how best the church could be helped in the middle of the pandemic.
He said it was not Government’s initiative but the stakeholders initiative and Government only responded.
Bishop Mwape hailed Government for the value it attaches to the church and the country.
Other Bishops in the delegation comprised Coalition Vice President Alick Mbewe, Politics and Elections President Lackson Banda, Godwin Musonda, John Mumba, and Jonas Mupeta .