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Churches Fuelling Tension between PF and UPND-Sinkamba

Provided churches continue with the attitude of favouring or opposing particular candidates or political leaders, political tension and violence will never ends, says Green Party President Peter Sinkamba.

Sinkamba said in a statement that it was the churches that were fuelling tension and competition between PF and UPND by favouring or opposing the leaders of the two parties. He said one group of churches always invites PF leaders to speak and donate in their churches while the other does exactly the same to UPND leaders. He added that it is wrong for churches to turn the pulpits into political forums.

“You see, in Zambia there are several political leaders. However, only leaders from the two political parties are given the front row or what I may term as the VIP row to sit when they go to church. If it is not President Lungu addressing one congregation then it is Hakainde Hichilema addressing the other. Only leaders from the two political parties are given an opportunity to address the congregants or lead congregants into hymns,” he said.

“This is utterly wrong and need to be stopped forthwith because not only is it discriminatory but has fuelled tension and competition between PF and UPND. The leaders of the two parties are now in competition as to who offers more money so that he is given an opportunity to speak or sing in one church or the other and given the privilege to sit on the front row.”

He said churches should not favour or oppose particular candidates or leaders holding political office.

“Actually there must be a ban on politicking and electioneering in church,” he said.

Sinkamba also said while the Constitution of Zambia provides for freedom of worship, it does not provide for discrimination.

He said providing a platform and special treatment for leaders of only two political parties in church in Zambia where we have several parties is discriminatory and therefore contravenes the constitution.

“Whilst the Constitution provides for freedom of worship, I think it is high time that we amended it to ban politicking and electioneering in churches. It is high time that we set principles of separation of church from the State and politics. The justification for the amendment is simple,” he said.

“Our tax system provides for exemption of churches from paying taxes. It therefore goes without saying that all tax-exempt organizations should be prohibited from supporting or opposing political leaders and candidates. The same should be the case with cultural or traditional issues.”

13 Comments

  1. kopala.

    point! but one thing is clear here,ECL is the Republican President, and as such.he deserves recognition wherever he is.be it in Church, funeral or any other place. i agree with u where u said all political leaders should be given the same,as u put it”,VIP”treatment.and again,i agree with u where u say THE CHURCH IS THE ONE FUELLING TENSION. so as the church, u should no how to go about all this, or else,u’ll be held responsible for any catastrophic eventuality.

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    • Jaguar

      When politicians get involved in politics, we rebuke them because that is against biblical teaching. Why should we allow politicians to turn the pulpit into a political arena on the other hand ? Therefore, my plea to all political leaders is to stay away from the pulpit. You do not have to be pushed for you to stay away from the pulpit. Do it voluntarily to please God.Remember God is watching you.If you want recognition , take a seat in the front raw . I think there is nothing wrong with that . Muleyako na kufitente.

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  2. Noway

    right.there is a difference between a politician and a pastor,,,now some politicians they stand in front of the congregation talking about real politics in church????shame to these churches and politicians. for turning the house of the LORD into a real. Political Arenas ….
    Yes standing in front of the congregation and given a chance to talk is not a problem but shame comes when you start speaking about real politics in the church!!!
    Mr Sinkamba you are 100%right…

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  3. Chinwa

    Like the Kopala comments, well pinpointed but there can be no change in the way churches handle there opportunity to national dialogue, they must really be treated equal to other tax-exempted organisation.

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  4. Emmanwamunyima

    U are right mr sinkamba

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  5. Augprina

    Church matters and political matters should never meet no matter what! No wonder all the churches are useless except Jehovah’s witnesses who don’t tolerate the so called useless politicians

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  6. Brian sehela

    U augprina don’t start pinpointing churches, who do think z 100% Christian in watchtowerl.

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  7. Mazuba Isaacs hamumba

    Imwe, what has gone wrong with Zambians kanshi

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  8. Mazuba Isaacs hamumba

    Who told the fool that ediger he is the Republican president of Zambia?

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  9. fista

    what about that dialogue they signed

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  10. Siatubi

    Please Churches aside

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  11. innocent

    Like I was wondering on how people or congregants are responding to pastor Kangwa Chileshe….Am sure not all church members are UPND

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  12. Israel

    You are right mr sinkamba.the I think the problem is not with the politicians the problem is the pastors that are have opened up the Churches to be political arenas we’ve seen this happening more especially in the last campaigns how some political leaders turned Churches and the members into campaign rallies, this is because some pastors have forgotten their row, they have chosen to bow to man and the money they dash them. What a shameful thing in the eyes of the Lord.

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