THE Council of Churches in Zambia (CCZ) is saddened by the reported burning of villages in Choma in Chiefs Mapanza and Macha areas of Southern Province by law enforcement agents following a High Court Order.
The Council believes that a better way should have been found of removing the squatters from the land belonging to the Brethren in Christ Church instead of burning their food stocks and animals.
“Whilst the court order needed to be obeyed and enforced in relation to the church land, the Council sincerely believes that there would have been a more humane way of removing these people.
“Every institution of government should promote programmes that alleviate poverty in our people and not perpetuate poverty,” Rev Suzanne Matale said.
CCZ hopes that the proposal by the Southern Province Permanent Secretary to help the stranded people in collaboration with the Disaster Management and Mitigation Unit (DMMU) will come to fruition.
CCZ’s Emergency and Development Unit is on standby to see how the Council can assist the affected villagers in Choma.
“We have dispatched the Local Churches’ Emergency Committees based in Southern Province to visit the area and do an assessment of what CCZ and its partners can do to alleviate the suffering of the affected people,” Rev. Suzanne Matale said.
The CCZ Emergency and Development responds to natural and man-made emergencies and disasters and will act on the report to be submitted by the Local Churches’ Emergency Committee.