By Stephen H. Milimo (University of Zambia)
There is no religious grouping that has an ‘out of the ordinary’ theology or spirituality or doctrine to deserve special treatment. All our religious groupings are made up of people who are both human and spiritual and holy and sinners. Religious favouritism is a potential womb for discrimination especially in a society like ours that is polarized by unfathomable tribal rivalry and strife.
National leaders should desist from making incorrect national decisions that can directly or indirectly instigate discrimination that can have disturbing effects.
For more than 47 years Zambia has enjoyed religious harmony and tolerance and this should be fostered. President Sata should act wisely and cautiously in his decisions-making processes so as not encourage religious hatred.
As supreme leader of our country, the President should be or at least pretend to be all-inclusive so that there is no group or groups of people that will feel that he is biased against or for.
Once leaders’ acts of authority reveal an inclination perceived to be discrimination against a certain group or groups can encourage people to treat others with suspicion and condescension. Where there is suspicion everything in possible. We demand from President Sata to present us with an inclusive technical committee that will draft our constitution.
Zambia should remain a society where people have the right to hold or not hold a religious belief without fear of bias as this is essential for freedom of religion.
Religious favouritism or discrimination should be sturdily condemned in strongest terms possible.