The 2016 election campaign in Zambia has been characterized by escalating violence resulting in loss of life, our partners in Zambia are reporting.

Traditionally, Zambia has been seen as a haven of peace, offering refuge and security to residents of neighbouring countries experiencing violence and conflict. The people of Zambia have been known to live with genuine respect for diversity and difference.

The Rev. Dr. Mulambya Kabonde, General Secretary of the United Church of Zambia (UCZ), reports occurrences of gun violence, which are “alien to Zambia.” UCZ is responding on the ground with a number of initiatives aimed at preventing further violence and killings in the lead-up to the general elections on August 11. 

United Church General Secretary Nora Sanders has written to our Mission & Service partners in Zambia, assuring them of our prayers and support. “In these final days of campaigning, we pray that all will continue to live out the values that Zambians have long upheld of peaceful dialogue and respect for the rights and lives of all people.” Her full letter is available under Downloads, below.

Please join in prayer for our Zambian partners, mourning those who have died and praying for calm as their people prepare to head to the polls. Pray for an end to the violence.