Political Violence in Livingstone parliamentary by-election, Zambia

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Dear all,
In the event of the unfortunate happenings in Livingstone, find here forwarded to you the attached statement. We hope to issue a stronger statement after getting some informed feedback from our staff who are currently on the ground and analysing issues behind the violent incidents which clearly do not auger well for our young and growing democracy.
With many prayers and kind regards in this holy season of Lent. Let us therefore continue to pray for our country. At the same time, let us all unite in praying for the Holy Father, Pope Benedict XVI, who will freely renounce and leave the Petrine Office today for the greater good of the Church he truly loves. How one wishes that the same humility, prudence, wisdom and strength of character could be imbued in our political leaders who are unfortunately thriving on fighting for and trying to keep the instruments of power at the expense of the common good.
Fr. Cleophas Lungu (Secretary General – ZEC)
Political Violence in Livingstone parliamentary by-election, Zambia

PRESS STATEMENT from Three Church Mother Bodies of Zambia

“Happy are the peacemakers: they shall be called children of God” (Mt 5:9)
We, the Council of Churches in Zambia (CCZ), the Evangelical Fellowship of Zambia (EFZ), and the Zambia Episcopal Conference (ZEC), are extremely disturbed and greatly saddened by the violence and loss of precious life in the heat of the recent campaigns for the Livingstone parliamentary by-election. Our hearts and prayers go out to the family of the deceased and all victims of violence. At the same time, we condemn in the strongest terms possible, any form political and electoral violence.
We further wish to appeal for calm and maximum restraint from the various political parties in Livingstone and also from the Zambia Police Service. It is incumbent on all of us not to do or say anything that might worsen an already volatile situation.
This is not the time for finger-pointing. What is needed now is for all stakeholders to do some serious soul-searching: Is this the level our politics has come to? Is this the path we want to pursue in our democratic dispensation?
Let us then commit this great nation to prayer. And may God bless us all!
Issued on 27th February, 2013 in Lusaka by the undersigned;
Rev. Suzanne Matale(General Secretary – CCZ)
Rev. Pukuta N. Mwanza (Executive Director – EFZ)
Fr. Cleophas Lungu (Secretary General – ZEC)

Words of thanks from Jean-Bosco Masaba

Words of thanks from Jean-Bosco Masaba
Dear Serge and all the confreres of Zambia.
Thanks for all what you have done for me, especially for helping me throughout my medical needs.
Thanks to the community of Mwapona Road for your warm welcome. “I was feeling good at home!”
Thanks again to all the confreres and stagiaires of Zambia. I am keeping good memories of all of you.
Thanks to the community of Kabwata, FENZA and Misisi.
Thanks also for my short stay in Kitwe. The confreres are very kind. Thanks for your availability.
Thanks to all of your who have prayed for me and sent messages through the blog and e-mails.
How can I thank you? I say: “Twatotela and twatasha”.
Ps: I came to Lubumbashi without problem. Only that I am feeling pain on my leg. I have stated some treatments. It will be OK!
Thanks Mingi, Jean-Bosco Masaba
Message de Jean-Bosco Masaba
Cher Serge et tous les confrères du secteur de la Zambie.
Merci beaucoup pour ce que vous avez fait pour moi, particulièrement pour les soins médicaux.
Merci à toute la communauté de la rue Mwapoma pour votre sens de l’accueil. “J’étais très très bien chez nous”.
Merci à tous les confrères et stagiaires du secteur Zambie. Je garde un bon souvenir de vous tous.
Merci à la communauté de Kabwata, de FENZA et de Misisi.
Merci encore pour le séjour que nous avons eu à Kitwe chez les confrères. Ils sont bien gentils et merci pour leur disponibilité.
Merci aux confrères qui m’ont  soutenu par leurs prières et messages envoyés sur le blogue et par courriel.
Comment vous dire merci? Je vous dis : “Twatotela et twatasha”.
Ps: Je suis bien arrivé à Lubumbashi: il y a juste la jambe qui continue à me faire mal. J’ai commencé avec la kiné. Ça ira!
Merci Mingi, Jean-Bosco Masaba