MUMBI Phiri on Saturday told Baptist Church congregants in Masaiti that it is difficult for women to prosper in politics.
And President Edgar Lungu has promised to return to the Copperbelt to ask for votes from the Church as campaigns begin this week.
Mumbi, who is Patriotic Front deputy secretary general, made the remarks when she was asked to introduce President Lungu during the Zambia Baptist Union leadership conference.
“This year, we’re going into elections. I call on the women and youths to participate in this year’s general elections. I am a woman and being in politics, it is not easy, especially when you are being called a Christian. You wake up in the morning and read in newspapers that ‘Mumbi Phiri needs alangizi’, how can you feel? That is why I’m telling you, it is not easy. That is why when some things are said about me, I kneel down and pray because I have come from a humble beginning but today God has used my voice to speak to many people, remember lies have short legs,” said Mumbi.
“And the only thing that gives me comfort is the Bible. We need a lot of people to come. Christians have a great influence.”
Meanwhile, President Lungu promised to return to the Copperbelt for campaigns ahead of the August 11 elections.
“The reason I came here is to encourage the Church to partner with us. I just came to encourage you brethren that whatever people will say or do, they are working in vain. We should humble ourselves because we cannot succeed without the Church,” said President Lungu before he paid a courtesy call on senior chief Mushili at his palace.
“We will frequently come here once campaigns start. We will come; we have heard your concerns. I came to encourage you that the Church is a partner to governance; whatever will happen God will guide us. I came to seek the involvement of the Church in the crusade against violence.”
And Baptist Union of Zambia president Rodwell Chiyakasa said everyone should accept the outcome of this year’s elections.