CENTRAL Province minister Sydney Mushanga has urged Christians to promote peace.
Mushanga extoled the Catholic Church for its commitment to supplementing government’s efforts to providing social services.
Speaking when he attended mass at Kapiri Mposhi’s Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish on Sunday, Mushanga said the Church should be exemplary when it comes to preaching and promoting peace among citizens.
“I would like to express gratitude to the Catholic Church for its social teaching. The Catholic Church has been instrumental in the promotion of peace in communities. And as Christians, you are called upon to promote peace among your fellow citizens. We need peace and unity as a country in order to attain sustainable development,” he said.
And Mushanga noted that the Catholic Church had for a long time demonstrated that it was committed to providing social services by constructing and administering schools and health facilities across the country.
“The Catholic Church, which is a universal Church, has since time immemorial demonstrated commitment when it comes to the provision of social services. This can be seen by the construction of schools and health facilities in different parts of the country,” said Mushanga. “Here in Central Province; the Catholic Church has constructed Mulungushi Rural Health Centre, Mpunde Girls Secondary School, Mpunde Health Centre and St Paul’s Secondary School. The list goes on. To you heads of government departments that have accompanied me, please take time to explain government’s programmes such as the youth empowerment programmes that can be accessed in the Ministry of Youth and Sports, Ministry of Fisheries and Livestock as well as the Ministry of Community Development and Social Welfare. There are also the women empowerment programmes that can be accessed in the Ministry of Community Development. Help them formulate project proposals and constitutions for their clubs and cooperatives.”
Meanwhile, Immaculate Heart of Mary assistant parish priest Fr Patrick Mupula urged the government to formulate an agenda that would create employment opportunities for young people.
Fr Mupula said most young people in Kapiri Mposhi had completed tertiary education but cannot find employment.
“We have trained teachers but they are not employed, they are just languishing. If you drive along Ndola-Kapiri Mposhi road, you will find young people on the sides of the road selling different merchandise in order to make ends meet,” said Fr Mupula. “Therefore, minister, our plea is that government should consider creating an agenda that would create employment opportunities for these young people.”