The president made the declaration on Saturday when he graced the occasion to mark 125 years of the Catholic faith in Zambia, celebrations which took place at Mbala’s Mambwe-Mwela, a site were the Catholics first set its mission in the country.
Mr. Lungu, who is seeking re-election as republican president this Thursday, was quick to say that his statement of openly partnering with the church is not a campaign gimmick, but a policy pronouncement.
He stated that there are a lot of qualities that his administration and the country at large can emulate from the church, particularly the Catholic; noting that it is key in governance.
Meanwhile, Archbishop of Kasama, Ignatius Chama in his homily at Mambwe-Mwela noted that it is sad that despite 125 years of faith being preached in Zambia, the country is still witnessing people killing each other for the sake of political expedience.
However, the Most Reverend Archbishop Chama stated that the said political violence by cadres should not make Zambians give-up on faith, but it should instead give them courage to soldier-on in faith.
The Archbishop has since appealed for peace among Zambians as the country goes to the polls on August, 11, 2016