By Reuben Chomba
Church mother bodies have called on leaders of political parties to manage their members so as to safeguard the country’s peace and unity.
Pentecostal Assemblies of God presiding Bishop Joshua Banda says political violence cannot continue happening in a peaceful country like Zambia, hence the need for all political parties to manage their cadres.
Bishop Banda has told ZNBC news in Lusaka that political campaigns should be issue-based and allow people to make their decisions.
He has urged political parties to co-exist and ensure peace is maintained in the country before, during and after August 12 general election.
Meanwhile, Council of Churches in Zambia -CCZ- Secretary General Emmanuel Chikoya said political violence has no place in Zambia’s democracy.
Father Chikoya also called on the police to quickly arrest perpetrators of political violence.
Speaking to ZNBC News in a telephone interview, Father Chikoya said it is important that all political parties work together ahead of the August 12 general election.