Political violence worries Chihana

THERE is need for the Church to continue praying for the country ahead of the 2016 elections so that the people continue enjoying the peace that Zambia is known for, the International Fellowship for Christian Churches (IFCC) has said.

IFCC president Simon Chihana told the Daily Nation that there was need for all churches to seek God’s intervention as the country prepares to go to the polls because the political situation was likely to be volatile.

Bishop Chihana said the Church should use the opportunity when members gather to pray for the country as it was entering a critical period where Zambians were about to choose their leaders.

“The need for the church in Zambia to continue and intensify prayers for peace as we go to 2016 elections is very cardinal. There is political tension in the air which must not be ignored by any peace-loving person,” Bishop Chihana said.

He said the isolated violent incidents  recorded across the country between UPND and PF had the potential to increase as the country  edges closer to 2016, hence the need to pray and preach the message of love and tolerance among Zambians.

He accused the police of creating anarchy in the country by antagonising political parties unnecessarily, thereby creating revolts from aggrieved parties which might degenerate into chaos if left unchecked.

“The tension is self-made by the UPND and the PF and what we have observed is that if these two parties are not at the neck of each other, then the police are antagonising  someone  somewhere even when there is no cause.

“I want to urge the church in Zambia not to take the current political situation lightly but to seriously pray for the peace in our country to continue as we gather,” he said.