The opposition political parties have been urged by President HAKAINDE HICHILEMA to cooperate with the government to bring the nation together.
Opposition political parties, according to President HICHILEMA, are partners in development and should fight to strengthen democracy in the nation.
He expresses gratitude to the opposition leaders who came to witness the installation of GABRIEL PHIRI as the Auxiliary Bishop of the Chipata Diocese.
According to President HICHILEMA, he hopes that such coexistence would be a constant occurrence.
The President congratulated Bishop PHIRI on his new position and gave him the assurance that the government would continue to cooperate with the church to raise the standard of living for citizens.
According to him, the church and the government work together to advance the country rather than competing with one another.
And Ignatius Chama, president of the Zambia Conference of Catholic Bishops (ZCCB), expressed his optimism that the government and the Catholic church will maintain their commitment to a cooperation that values open communication and tolerance for flaws.
The Catholic Church will continue to support the government’s initiatives in a number of areas, including health, education, and development projects, according to Archbishop CHAMA.
Additionally, he advised the opposing political parties that were present to witness Bishop PHIRI’s ordination to do their share to ensure that the nation stays on the path of democracy and sound government.
Bishop GEORGE LUNGU of the Chipata Diocese praised President HICHILEMA for attending the ceremony, saying it demonstrated the importance he takes on the part bishops and the church play in the governance system.
The Auxiliary Bishop PHIRI also expressed gratitude to the government, traditional authorities, and other stakeholders for attending his ordination.