The Council of Churches in Zambia (CCZ) says the late Violet Sampa Bret won the confidence of the Zambian people especially those who opposed female appointments in decision making positions.
The late Reverend Bret died in Germany after an illness.
CCZ Secretary General Suzanne Matale said Rev. Sampa Bret brought about positive change in society by fighting various injustices such as gender based violence, sexual abuse and other social vices which have not spared the church.
ZANIS reports that CCZ Secretary General Matale said this in a press statement released in Lusaka today.
Rev. Matale said the church would also remember Rev. Sampa-Bret as a great icon who through her works championed gender equality and women participation at various levels of decision making positions.
“CCZ acknowledges the enormous contribution that late Rev Sampa Bret made to the life and work of CCZ during the period she served as General Secretary. Her work made the presence of the church through CCZ easily visible,” she said.
She said the late Rev. Sampa Bret would also be remembered as a committed advocate of branding and increasing the visibility of CCZ during her tenure of office.
She added that the late Rev. Sampa Bret was a hardworking female church leader with resilience and patience whose leadership position the nation supported and encouraged others to perform duties diligently and effectively.
The late Rev. Sampa Bret served as the first ordained female Minister in the United Church of Zambia and later served as General Secretary of the Council of Churches in Zambia.
She is also the first female to be part of the Oasis Forum and later joined politics to become Chawama Member of Parliament.
“On behalf of the CCZ Board and the entire church fraternity, we pass our condolences to the great family of Rev Sampa Bret. We pray for peace and comfort in the Bret family and may the good Lord continue to pour out his blessings upon their lives,” Rev. Matale said.