Friday, April 29, 2011

The Church will never be intimidated - Matale

The Church will never be intimidated - Matale
By Brina Manenga
Fri 29 Apr. 2011, 04:01 CAT

THE Church will never be intimidated by government and will continue to be a voice of the voiceless, says Reverend Suzanne Matale. Rev Matale, who is Council of Churches in Zambia general secretary, said the Church played a pivotal role in ensuring that the needs of the majority poor were addressed. She urged the Church not to give in to government’s intimidation.

“The Church will continue talking about what is necessary but that does not mean we will be interfering in the work of the government. We are just stakeholders who are working towards improving the lives of the Zambian people. So we will never be intimidated by government, we will continue promoting justice for the people of Zambia, especially social economic justice,” she said.

Rev Matale said it was the responsibility of the Church to stand and fight for the poor in the country.

“The Church is an institution that has been around for a long time and has always stood on promoting issues of justice, peace and development. What we want is to promote peace, justice and development which are the most important elements of human life,” Rev Matale said.

“We will not relent, because we strongly believe that we will help in enhancing the dignity of people. The decisions that are made by politicians have an impact on human beings and human beings have a right to peace and that is why it is our role as a Church to fight for the people.”

Rev Matale said the Church would continue talking until the lives of the Zambian people were improved.



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