Sumaili seeks order restoration in Church


MINISTER of National Guidance and Religious Affairs Godfridah Sumaili says her ministry will act swiftly and decisively to restore order in the Church.
Speaking in Kitwe on Tuesday when she met heads of government departments, Reverend Sumaili said it was embarrassing to listen to reports of how some ‘men of God’ were allegedly involving themselves in activities that were bringing the name of God into disrepute.
She said her ministry will work with the Ministry of Home Affairs in ensuring that a proper system to register churches was put in place.
Rev Sumaili said it was sad that some churches did not only fail to meet the minimum standards, but were also not affiliated to any church mother body.
“And there is no accountability because they are not answerable to anyone. Some churches do not even have structures; no elders or anything. It is just the pastor,” she said.
Rev Sumaili said her ministry would also ensure that the issue of foreign prophets was looked at to regulate the way things were done.
She said some prophets, including foreign ones, were allegedly using witchcraft to confuse people thereby bringing the name of God into ridicule.
Rev Sumaili also said she had received some reports of clergymen who were allegedly telling people on anti-retroviral therapy treatment (ARVs) to abandon their drugs in preferences for miracles.
She said knowledge of medicine emanated from God and that there was nothing wrong with conventional medicine.
And Rev Sumaili encouraged civil servants to love Zambia and work to the best of their ability.
“Even if no human being acknowledges your work, you should know that God is a rewarder and in due season he will reward you,” she said.

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