CHOMBA MUSIKA, Lusaka
THE Civil Society Constitution Agenda (CiSCA) has urged the Church to hold an indaba to address the differences that have arisen among clergymen.
Chairperson John Mambo said there is a crisis within the body of Christ which should be urgently defused.
He said this at a press briefing held in Lusaka yesterday.
Bishop Mambo was reacting to some church mother bodies that have distanced themselves from last week’s joint-press statement issued by Zambia Conference of Catholic Bishops (ZCCB) president Telesphore Mpundu on June 16.
Archbishop Mpundu said Zambia had become a dictatorship, but two other Catholic bishops have distanced themselves from the statement.
Three church mother bodies have called for dialogue between the ruling Patriotic Front (PF) and opposition United Party for National Development (UPND) to overcome their differences and build national unity.
They also called for the release from remand of United Party for National Development president Hakainde Hichilema.
But three other Christian organisations say dialogue cannot take place if the UPND does not recognise President Lungu as the legitimately elected leader.
The Council of Churches in Zambia (CCZ), ZCCB and the Evangelical Fellowship of Zambia (EFZ) called for dialogue in Lusaka on June 16 at a joint press briefing chaired by Archbishop Mpundu.
However, the Independent Churches of Zambia (ICOZ), Pentecostal Fellowship of Zambia (PFZ) and the Bishops Council of Zambia (BCZ) said in separate interviews that there could be no fruitful dialogue if the UPND insisted that it would not recognise President Lungu as Zambia’s duly elected head of State.
However, four members of the EFZ board and the United Church of Zambia (UCZ) have distanced themselves from the statement.
Bishop Mambo partly blamed the Church for the perceived political crisis in the country, saying the “Church needs to put its house in order”.
“I even feel embarrassed to be called a bishop, let the body of Christ call for an indaba. We have a crisis within the body of Christ.
“There is confusion in the body of Christ and part of what we are going through is caused by the body of Christ; church mother bodies must come together,” Bishop Mambo said.
He accused some clergymen of being in the ministry for selfish reasons and not to serve God.
“Many [bishops] are called but few are chosen, it [serving as a clergyman] must be a calling but for others, it is a job,” Bishop Mambo said.