AFRICA/ZAMBIA - Bishops denounce: "Politicians do not keep their promises to end violence"

Wednesday, 1 June 2016 bishops   violence   politics   elections  

Lusaka (Agenzia Fides) - "The Catholic Bishops of Zambia are disappointed with politicians who have continued to perpetuate political clashes despite committing themselves to end political violence at the meeting that was called for by the Church leaders", said Fr. Cleophas Lungu, Secretary General of the Episcopal Conference of Zambia.
Speaking when he featured on the Catholic run radio Yatsani in Lusaka, Fr. Lungu said that Catholic Bishops are also disappointed by some Christians who abandon their catholic faith and Christians values when they go into politics and become violent.
The Secretary General of the Episcopal Conference had already intervened recently to express the condemnation of Bishops for the xenophobic violence against refugees (see Fides 29/04/2016).
The tension in the country has increased in view of the presidential and parliamentary elections of 11 August. Fr. Lungu announced that the church has planned for another political meeting with presidential candidates to discuss political violence in the country.
Recently the three church bodies, the Zambia Episcopal Conference (ZEC), Council of Churches in Zambia (CCZ) and the Evangelical Fellowship of Zambia convened an inter party caucus at the Holy Cross Cathedral in Lusaka to discuss ways to end the political violence in the Country. (L.M.) (Agenzia Fides 01/06/2016)