The Reformed Church in Zambia, RCZ says that its church ministers that have decided to join active politics cannot continue to discharge their functions in the church.
RCZ Synod Moderator, Professor Edwin Zulu, says that this is in accordance with the policies and constitution of the church on politics.
Professor Reverend Zulu said in a statement availed to Breeze News this morning that the church is nonpartisan, but will play a prophetic role in the political landscape of the nation.
Quoting article 43 of the church, he explained that church ministers and evangelists shall not practice partisan politics while in full time service of the church and that the church is nonpartisan and not affiliated to any political party.
He says that minister and evangelists, desire to engage in partisan politics shall have to resign from active ministry and present church appointment.
However, he says that article 43 states that individual members of the church shall be free to belong or affiliate themselves to a political party of their choice provided, such members do not practice their political beliefs in the name of and on behalf of the church.
The Synod Moderator’s statement comes in the wake of Reverend Dr. Clement Mwanza of the RCZ, Chipata Central congregation filing in his nomination papers as running for FDD president, Edith Nawakwi, ahead of the August 11 general elections.