Stop dividing people, politicians told
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.