Council of Churches in Zambia (CCZ) General Secretary Susanne Matale has observed that the country is struggling to deal with issues of corruption because its citizens lack the spirit of patriotism.
Reverend Matale says it is imperative for young people in the country learn to be patriotic if social vices that the country was facing such as corruption were to be dealt with.
She said the country is today in a mess because its citizens are not patriotic.
The CCZ General Secretary was speaking when she officially launched the Zambia Climate Change Forum and the COP 17 Zambia African Youth Climate Caravan Campaign Report at Serenity Lodge in Lusaka today.
She said national development cannot be attained in the absence of patriotism.
Rev. Matale has since urged the youth to play their rightful role by participating in the country’s development agenda and also help Government fight corruption by showing their zeal to work for the country.
She said the entire citizenry deserve to live in dignity saying no one should go hungry in a country of plenty like Zambia.
Rev. Matale said the church will continue to give its maximum support to organisations that come up with programmes aimed at uplifting the living conditions of people in the country.
And Norwegian Church Aid Country Representative Wayne Mitchell urged Government and other relevant stakeholders to study the report on climate change and take on board some of the recommendations contained in the report.
Mr Mitchell said in a speech read for her by Norwegian Church Aid Head of Programmes Patricia Mukumbuta that youths are the future of any country and that issues to do with climate change could affect them more.
He said reports such as the COP 17 Zambia African Youth Climate Caravan Campaign Report, therefore creates a basis for future engagement on national matters between the authorities and the youth for their voices to be heard.