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TRUTH AND RECONCILIATION COMMISSION TO HEAL THE NATION – BISHOPS COUNCIL

By OLIVER SAMBOKO

SETTING  up of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission will not only help the country resolve political differences among players but also heal the national from tribalism, the Bishops Council of Zambia (BCZ) has said.   

BCZ general secretary, Bishop Abel Kaila said since the country has set itself on the path of social-economic development, these goals will only be achieved if there is true unity in the nation. 

 “But without true reconciliation among all the citizens, it will be impossible for the country to achieve its developmental goals because where there is no unity, there can  be no working together,” he said. 

Bishop Kaela said Zambia is a Christian country, whose citizens should always dialogue whenever there are differences.  

He said the truth and reconciliation commission would give a platform to those who feel  mistreated in the past to pour out their anger and also give the perceived perpetrators an opportunity to apologize and seek forgiveness.

Bishop Kaila noted that the politicians from both the ruling party and  the opposition have not moved on from the August 12, 2021 general election mood, hence the heightened political differences the country is witnessing. 

He said Zambia can learn from South Africa under the leadership of late leader Nelson Mandela, on how it avoided political retribution after the end of apartheid.

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