The United Church of Zambia (UCZ), has welcomed the announcement by President Edgar Lungu for the Church to be part of the national dialogue process.
Northern Presbytery Maybin Mulenga said the church being an impartial body will help to harmonize divergence views during deliberations.
Bishop Mulenga told ZANIS in Kasama, Nothern Province, that the Church has always been in the forefront of preaching peace and unity in the country.He said there is need for Zambians to put national interest first.
And Bishop Mulenga has advised political parties in the country to take the dialogue process seriously in order to promote peace and unity in the country.
He said Zambia is a Christian nation and so there is need for Zambians to be tolerant of one another in line with biblical teachings.
Bishop Mulenga stated that it was sad that the country has continued to witness political violence despite efforts by various stakeholders to promote peace and unity.
He has since advised political parties not to enter the dialogue process with pre-conceived ideas saying that it has potential to negatively affect the outcome of the whole process.
Earlier this week, President Edgar Lungu asked the Zambia Centre for Inter-Party Dialogue (ZCID) to involve the church in the on-going political dialogue so as to achieve consensus on issues of national interest.