Stop di­vid­ing peo­ple, politi­cians told

Daily Nation Newspaper - - HOME NEWS - By NA­TION RE­PORTER

POLITI­CIANS should stop di­vid­ing peo­ple based on tribe and po­lit­i­cal af­fil­i­a­tion, Catholic Bishop of Mpika Dio­cese Jus­tine Mu­lenga has said. Speak­ing in an in­ter­view with the Daily Na­tion upon his ar­rival in Isoka on a pro­gramme to fundraise for the train­ing of Sem­i­nar­i­ans on Wed­nes­day, Bishop Mu­lenga said politi­cians should al­ways re­mem­ber that the peo­ple they were di­vid­ing were Zam­bians be­fore be­long­ing to var­i­ous po­lit­i­cal par­ties. Bishop Mu­lenga said politi­cians should ex­er­cise ac­cep­tance, re­spect and tol­er­ance of dif­fer­ent po­lit­i­cal points of view for peo­ple to live in peace. He said that Zam­bia was known for its peace and unity through the prin­ci­pal of ‘ love your neigh­bour as you love your­self,’ which the fore­fa­thers cham­pi­oned. ‘‘When I was com­ing I was wel­comed by peo­ple from all walks of life Catholics and non-Catholics but the op­po­site is the case when a po­lit­i­cal leader vis­its the place be­cause there is ten­sion, strug­gling, con­flict and fight­ing which was not sup­posed to be the case. “The start­ing point should be that we are Zam­bians and we are chil­dren of God who should love one an­other ’’Bishop Mu­lenga said Bishop Mu­lenga said politi­cians should find peace­ful means of re­solv­ing dis­putes as op­posed to fight­ing. He said Zam­bia was known to be a peace­ful na­tion and it was every­one’s re­spon­si­bil­ity to en­sure that the peace was pre­served. Bishop said hate speech, fight­ing, in­jur­ing each other due to their po­lit­i­cal af­fil­i­a­tion should not be en­ter­tained on the Zam­bian soil. Bishop Mu­lenga said Zam­bians should learn co-ex­ist and should not at any cost be­come di­vided based on tribe and po­lit­i­cal lines. He ap­pealed to both Catholic be­liev­ers and other con­gre­gants to em­brace one an­other and not to be swayed by politi­cians.

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