Partisan clergymen urged to leave the church

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A Clergyman in the Eastern province has advised his fellow reverends to hang up their collars if they want to get involved in active politics.

Prophet Kelvin Zulu of Petauke said clergymen who stand on political podiums and stalk ill of other people should stop representing their flock by becoming full politicians.

Speaking in a walk-in interview with ZANIS in Chipata today, Prophet Zulu said the role of the church was to ensure checks and balances and not character assassination.

He was referring to an incident which happened in Kabwe during a Patriotic Front campaign rally for the forthcoming Presidential by-elections where a Bishop referred to an opposition political party leader as a satanist.

‘’ Such men of God should hung up their collars and concentrate on politics if they feel they are politicians. The role of the church is to ensure checks and balances as we have a prophetic voice,’’ Prophet

Zulu said.

He said clergymen should not side with political parties but be neutral because they are there to offer counsel in times of conflicts among political parties.

Prophet Zulu noted that those that speak during political campaigns should refrain from character assassination and concentrate on real issues.

During the PF rally in Kabwe recently, Bishop Edward Chomba referred to United Party for National Development (UPND) leader Hakainde Hichilema as a satanist.

Acting Republican President Guy Scott has since apologized to the UPND leader saying Bishop Chomba forced himself on the stage to speak without even introducing himself.

Meanwhile, Prophet Zulu has advised people not to be over excited during the Christmas period but reflect on the birth of the Saviour Jesus Christ.

He said Zambians especially politicians should uphold their democratic principles which the country is known for in Africa.