Church pleads for peace, unity

ALL political parties should put their houses in order to ensure they maintain peace and unity ahead of the crucial polls next week, says Independent Churches of Zambia (ICOZ) overseer Bishop David Masupa.

Bishop Masupa said the people of Zambia want to have peaceful elections as opposed to the new culture of violence which some politicians had introduced to gain or maintain power.

Bishop Masupa said political players needed to be responsible in the remaining days before August 11.

“As the church, we are appealing for political parties to put their houses in order as the general elections draw near for the sake of peace in the country,” he said. He reminded political parties that no one who could win an election using violence, saying no party should be allowed to take the law in their own hands. The clergyman said it was clear that the people of Zambia had spoken out against violence.

The clergyman said all sorts of illicit activities ahead of elections had totally been rejected by the people of Zambia.

Bishop Masupa said there was need for political players to avoid any form of violence as they wound up their campaigns.

He advised political parties to be vigilant and campaign peacefully as they were the only ones who in control of their cadres.

The clergyman said there was need for more action than words on the issue of political violence, saying political parties should be more issue-based and move away from confrontational messages.

Bishop Masupa appealed to all political parties contesting the elections to be issue-based if violence was to be addressed in the few remaining days.