—A Clergy in Chipata district in Eastern province has called on people in the country to celebrate Easter in a responsible and sober manner.
Anglican Diocese Eastern Zambia, Bishop William Muchombo, says Easter celebration is time for Christians to reflect on their past deeds and do good things that are pleasing in the eyes of God.
Bishop Muchombo told ZANIS in Chipata today, that there is need for people in the country to always promote dialogue, togetherness and reconciliation in such times.
He explained that in the recent past the country had gone through difficulties, especially political wise, hence the need to intensify prayers during this Easter period.
Bishop Muchombo cited the violence that characterised the just-ended by-elections as some of the things that need to be prayed for as the country celebrates Easter.
He alleged that the violence was an indication that the nation has failed to manage diversity and lack of respect for divergent views.
The bishop explained that people can differ in views and approach in life without resorting to violence or being abusive.
The clergy added that there is need for the current leaders to live an exemplary life style if they are to inculcate a good leadership culture in the younger generation.
Bishop Muchombo said this is why people should take advantage of this Easter period to reflect on how Christ sacrificed for mankind to be liberated.
He noted that Christ went through suffering before he was crucified, resulting in these celebrations, adding that there is need for people to co-exist during this time.
Bishop Muchombo further advised people against engaging in illicit activities that can destroy their lives as a way of celebrating Easter.