Kasama, 03 August, 2021 / 8:05 pm (ACI Africa).
A Catholic Archbishop in Zambia has called on all politicians and their supporters to desist from any form of violence to showcase their political might before, during or after the general elections slated for next week.
The Local Ordinary of Zambia’s Kasama Archdiocese who was speaking at the National Ecumenical Prayers on Sunday, August 1, said politically instigated violence belongs to the “stone age period.”
“As a Church, we strongly believe that all stakeholders in the electoral cycle must demonstrate their commitment to peace by refraining from violence, intimidation and use of force as means of achieving their objectives,” Archbishop Ignatius Chama said during the event held at the Anglican Cathedral of the Holy Cross in Zambia’s capital, Lusaka.
Archbishop Chama added, “Violence belongs to the politics of the stone age and political intimidation produces no winners; instead, it produces more problems.”
“If anything,” the Archbishop who doubles as the President of the Zambia Conference of Catholic Bishops (ZCCB) said, “Victims will defend themselves, their positions in the same way, using the same means and in the end we get a situation where hatred, violence and intimidation continues.”