PRESIDENT Edgar Lungu yesterday met Anglican Bishops led by Archbishop of the Central Africa Diocese, His Grace, Albert Chama at State House in Lusaka in his effort to create unity in the nation.
President Lungu appealed to the bishops to help his administration tackle tribalism which he said was being perpetrated by some traditional leaders in some parts of the country.
The President urged the Anglican clergymen to take both spiritual and practical steps towards ending tribalism which he warned had the potential to divide the country.
He regretted the involvement of some traditional leaders in the propagation of divisive messages of tribalism.
The President, who met the bishops in a closed-door meeting, discussed a wide range of issues from the state of the nation to reconciliation, peace and stability.
President Lungu’s Special Assistant for Press and Public Relations Amos Chanda said after the meeting, that the President took the opportunity to discuss among other issues, the performance of the mining sector on Copperbelt.
“The President took the opportunity to inform the bishops that there is constant dialogue between his administration and the mining companies.
“He briefed them on the positive developments that are emerging in the mining industry,particularly with regards to the dialogue that is going on between the ministry of mines, Ministry of finance on the one hand, and KCM and ZCCM on the other,” Mr Chanda said.
He said the President was optimistic that the Government would provide a conducive environment for the success of the mining industry in the country.
The bishops assured the President that they would take steps to help spread messages of reconciliation, peace and unity in the country.
Mr Chanda said the bishops encouraged the President to continue to take all the necessary steps to promote national dialogue, peace, unity and dialogue on the political scene.
The bishops told the President to continue reaching out to all stakeholders within political and nonpolitical circles to promote the ‘One Zambia One Nation’ motto.
They also commended President Lungu for his commitment to fighting the armyworm infestation that was threatening the country’s food security.
The delegation also included the bishops of the dioceses of Central Zambia Derek Kamukwamba, William Mchombo of Eastern Zambia, and David Njovu of Lusaka. ZANIS