The Evangelical Fellowship of Zambia (EFZ) Executive Director Bishop Paul Mususu has advised members of the clergy to desist from involving themselves in politics because they are called to preach the gospel.
Bishop Mususu, who was speaking in individual capacity, said church leaders should not participate in politics and it is wrong for them to declare alignment to certain politicians as they are tarnishing the name of the church.
He said the church should be seen to be relevant by playing its role of addressing issues that affect the nation such as education and health.
Commenting on the forthcoming elections, Bishop Mususu said there is need for the Electoral Commission of Zambia (ECZ) to be independent so that elections are free and fair.
He said most candidates are not satisfied with ECZ results in the event that they do not emerge victorious in the polls as the autonomy of the electoral body is not guaranteed.
The Church leader appealed to adjudicators to come clean and make sure justice prevails in the event that some aspirants are aggrieved.
Meanwhile, another clergyman Reverend Dennis Mweetwa said the church must play the key role of curbing violence and discouraging character assassination as such causes unnecessary tension in the country.
Rev.Mweetwa said there is also need for politicians to base their campaigns on issues that will benefit the ordinary Zambian than practicing mudslinging and wanting to bar one another from contesting polls because of age and issues of parentage.
He further urged political players to abide by the Electoral code of conduct and lobby for peace as they carry out campaigns ahead of the elections.