LUSAKA Archdiocese Apostolic Administrator and Emeritus Archbishop Telesphore Mpundu has called for peace, love and joy to continue prevailing in Zambia.
And President Edgar Lungu has implored Archbishop Mpundu to ensure that the dialogue process with all political parties is looked into before he hands over office this weekend.
Archbishop Mpundu on Saturday bade farewell to Lusaka Archdiocese after being at the helm for 14 years.
He said it is important that love prevails because it is the only way that the country will continue being at peace at all times.
Archbishop Mpundu said he was retiring a happy man because he has lived to proclaim the Good News of the Gospel of Jesus and has since thanked the faithful of Lusaka Archdiocese for giving him the necessary support.
He was speaking at a thanks-giving mass for his service to God as Archbishop held at the Cathedral of Child Jesus in Lusaka on Saturday.
Archbishop Mpundu will on Saturday April 14 officially install his successor Archbishop-elect Rt Rev Dr Alick Banda.
And President Edgar Lungu said the Church belongs to every citizen, hence the need to take a leading role in preaching peace.
He has since implored Archbishop Mpundu to ensure that the dialogue process with all political parties is looked into before he hands over the office on April 14.
President Lungu said there is also need for strong commitment for all the political players in the country to the dialogue.
The Head of State told the Church that the peace process should not be left to the political parties alone, saying the Church has the capacity to bring the country together and ensure that peace and joy is sustained.
There is a pending inter party dialogue in Zambia to discuss a time-bound, constructive dialogue that will culminate in a roadmap to some political reforms ahead of the 2021 general elections.
This was necessitated after Zambia experienced pre and post electoral violence following the country’s 2016 polls.
Commonwealth Secretary-General Patricia Scotland has since appointed Nigerian Professor Ibrahim Gambari as her Special Envoy for political dialogue to address issues of common interest ahead of future elections in the country.