IT is a big scandal for Zambians to continue living in abject poverty after 48 years of independence, says Council of Churches in Zambia (CCZ) Secretary General Reverend Suzanne Matale.
Rev Matale said that time was now to move Zambians out of poverty through a vibrant and focused political leadership.
She observed that politics of hate, intimidation and victimization was long gone and that Zambians deserved better.
She said that years of paucity and instability should not continue to haunt the people ofZambiaincluding the coming young generations.
“National leadership should and must be prepared to live in unity and ensure that peace for national development and justice for all is maintained.
That is what this independence is all about. Let all political leadership whether from the ruling or the opposition realize thatZambiais bigger than them and peace was very cardinal in all aspect of life,” she said.
Rev Matale urged Zambians not to depend on individual feelings in order to develop and address other challenges faced in life but to focus on a responsible leadership which would inspire the people ofZambia.
“The biggest problems this country has are under development, poverty, diseases and poor life style. But we cannot continue to live like that, this is unacceptable and we need to fight poverty and other evils with,” she said.