Church calls for calm, peace


TWO Church mother bodies have made a passionate appeal for calm, peace and love among Zambians in the wake of the heightened tension following the announcement of the election results.

Leaders of the Council of Churches in Zambia (CCZ) and the Zambia Conference of Catholic Bishops (ZCCB), Dr Alfred Kalembo and Archbishop Telesphore Mpundu, have appealed to political parties aggrieved by the results announced by the Electoral Commission of Zambia (ECZ) to adhere to the law dealing with the settling of election disputes.

Archbishop Mpundu and Dr Kalembo appealed to leaders of both the ruling Patriotic Front (PF) and the opposition UPND to take responsibility and make public pronouncements against violence.

They said the leaders of the two major political parties should consider dialogue with their members and ask their cadres to resist any temptation to take the law in their hands, and disrupt the life of ordinary citizens in the process.

“Our common desire is to see the 2016 electoral process conclude in peace and harmony and with the continued spirit of respect for divergent views, national unity, love and harmonious coexistence among Zambians,’’ Archbishop Mpundu and Dr Kalembo said in a statement yesterday. The two clergymen said it was important for the UPND and PF to promote peace in their rank and file because their continued attacking of each other was causing unnecessary tension in the country.

‘‘We hear communities fighting each other particularly between the PF and the UNPD. We thus appeal to the aggrieved parties on the results announced by the ECZ to adhere to provisions in the law in dealing and settling of election grievances,” Archbishop Mpundu and Dr Kalembo said.