VICE-PRESIDENT Inonge Wina says citizens should not allow elections to divide them as the 2021 general elections approach.

Speaking during the commemoration of the declaration that Zambia is a Christian nation, Tuesday, Vice-President Wina said Zambia had enjoyed peace since independence and everyone should embrace it.

She said the Church should continue being a beacon of light that shines across the nation.

“Today, people are gathering throughout the nation to commemorate the dedication of Zambia to God the almighty and to honour God for keeping his promises. It is also a time to pay gratitude to those who have served our country by spreading the word of God in hard and good times. I therefore call upon the church to continue being the beacon of light that shines across the nation today and forever. This being a festive period, the church is encouraged to give to the underprivileged as a way of acknowledging the love of God for humanity. His Excellency, President Edgar Lungu has often times called for the nation to remain united and that let election not divide us,” said Vice-President Wina.

“As government, we take keen interest in seeing your participation in many Christian activities that glorify God. It is for this reason that the church should continue to preach about peace and unity for the betterment of our nation.”

And Bishop Billy Mvula appealed to all political party leaders to be a voice of peace and unity.

Bishop Mvula, who is chairperson for the advocates of the declaration of Zambia as a Christian nation, said the Church was looking forward to a peaceful transition.

“Over the 2021 election, we encourage all the leaders of the various political parties to be a voice of peace and unity to all their followers. We are looking forward to peaceful election and transition,” said Bishop Mvula.

“The declaration of Zambia as a Christian nation has brought investor confidence because of the peace. Many investors have confidence to invest in this nation because we have nontrivial wars or political unrest. You can have natural resources but without peace, you cannot enjoy them. Peace has become our supernatural resource that attracts and more investment.”