Lusaka, 05 February, 2020 / 3:36 am (ACI Africa).
At the opening of the ongoing Sub-regional consultative meeting, the first-ever, that has brought together Catholic Bishops in Malawi, Zambia and Zimbabwe, Zambian President Edgar Lungu who officially opened the gathering lauded the initiative of the Church leaders saying the convention is in line with the desire to unite the three countries, which have a lot in common.
“This initiative is commendable as we all aspire for unity of purpose, not only in the Church, but also among our people in the sub-Region,” President Lungu told the Bishops Monday, February 3.
“Our three countries share a common history anchored on social-cultural norms and our political history,” President Lungu said and explained, “The integration of Zambia, Malawi and Zimbabwe is profound and obvious. We share a common history. We share common borders. We share political history as we were once banded together by colonialists as a federation of Rhodesia and Nyasaland. We share the waters. We share the climate”
He also noted the three nation’s common challenges such as climate change, poverty and disease burden which “defies our political boundaries.”
The Head of State also acknowledged the efforts of the Catholic Church in offering “both spiritual and moral guidance” to the southern Africa nation.