Letter to the Editor

Where is the Church in wake of violence?

Dear editor,
WAR between world states has almost ceased to exist. Sadly other forms of war called organised or political violence have now slowly taken over, and mother Zambia has not been spared.
In all cases, the violence is not in any way reflecting the aspiration of the people but personal selfishness by rich heartless individuals whose only agenda is to settle old scores.
What political players should understand is that in a democracy, the will of the people depends very much upon the concept that losers will accede that they have been temporarily defeated but will live to try another day.
Yes, political differences are important because the issues at stake are what provide the field of battle. However, the battle is not expected to be to any cost or some power-hungry people turning themselves into punch bags or jail birds so as to attract public votes.
Even most saddening is the lack of influence of the mother Church bodies in the face of persistent violence. Our Church leaders, whose role is to make peace, often choose to wait until their church members have been killed, and then they begin to criticise as they preside over funerals.
Our Church leaders have to be reminded that the people they see running riot and injuring each other are members of their churches. These men, women and youth even partake of the Holy Communion or Holy Eucharist on Sundays.
Recently, we saw one political party begin to discipline their members who are not in good standing with its party rules or are caught fanning violence. It is to this regard that I would urge the Church to lead by example by bringing under discipline any member seen taking part in violence.
The Church has no reason to show respect to agents of death. Yes, the Church needs to pray. Even more so, the Church needs to act.
MUKUKA CHILUFYA
Chambishi mine township

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