Lusaka, 18 July, 2021 / 11:00 pm (ACI Africa).
The Catholic Laity in Zambia under the Zambian National Council for the Catholic Laity (ZNCCL) have been encouraged take part in pre-election processes ahead of the country’s general elections slated to take place next month.
In his speech during the launch of a project dubbed, “Strengthening Democracy in Zambia”, the Catholic Pastoral Coordinator in the Southern African nation, Fr. Cornelius Chibamba, acknowledged the significant place of the Laity in the Church and in society.
“As the Catholic Church, we depend on the laity to be our light in the democratic process. We therefore urge all our lay members to be part and parcel of the entire process taking place up to when we will have elections,” Fr. Chibamba said in the speech read on his behalf during the Wednesday, July 14 event.
He added in the speech read by Fr. Leonard Namakhumba, “It is right to have members of our laity even vie for political seats. Through that, they will have made sure that the church, as a sanctifier of evils in the society, is well represented among the political leadership.”
The event that was live streamed on Facebook brought together members of the Clergy and officials and members of ZNCCL.