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Golden anniversary services for Lusaka cathedral: The Church of England Newspaper, September 23, 2012 p 6. September 26, 2012

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Cathedral of the Holy Cross, Lusaka

The Princess Royal will mark the 50th anniversary of the 14 Sept 1962 consecration of the Cathedral of the Holy Cross in Lusaka this month, as part of her trip to Zambia and Mozambique in celebration of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee. In 1957 the Queen Mother laid the foundation stone for Northern Rhodesia’s cathedral and twenty-two years later, the Queen attended services in conjunction with the 1979 Commonwealth Heads of State and Government Summit.

Holy Cross Dean Charley Thomas reports that Princess Anne’s visit will be part of a month long series of concerts, dinners, and services highlighting the cathedral’s role as the focus of national and ecumenical worship including Pope John Paul II’s 1989 visit to Zambia and the interfaith service of thanksgiving marking the start of multi-party politics in the country on 23 Oct 1990.

First printed in The Church of England Newspaper.

Church lauds peaceful transition of power in Zambia: The Church of England Newspaper, Oct 14, 2011 October 16, 2011

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President Michael Sata

First published in The Church of England Newspaper.

There were no losers in last month’s presidential election in Zambia, the country’s Anglican leaders declared in a statement that offered congratulations to the new president and thanks to the outgoing president for the peaceful transition of power.

On 20 Sept 2011, Zambians went to the polls to elect a president and representatives to the National Assembly.  Three days later Chief Justice Ernest Sakala announced that Michael Sata of the Patriotic Front Party had defeated incumbent President Rupiah Banda of the Movement for Multiparty Democracy by 1.17 million to 987,000 votes.  Hakainde Hichilema of the United Party for National Development came in third with approximately 500,000 votes.

On Sept 23 the new president was sworn in by Chief Justice Sakala as Zambia’s fifth president since the country declared independence from Britain in 1964.  The victory by President Sata and his Patriotic Front has ended two decades of rule by the Movement for Multiparty Democracy which came to power in the country’s first multiparty elections in 1991.

In an address to the nation outgoing President Banda stated “now it is time for me to step aside. Now is the time for a new leader. My time is done. It is time for me for goodbye.  May God watch over the Zambian people and may he bless our beautiful nation.”

He urged the country to “rally behind your new president.”

In his inauguration speech, President Sata pledged to fight poverty and corruption, and restore confidence in the rule of law.  The Ten Commandments would form the guiding principles for his government, President Sata said.

President Sata has also appointed the first white vice president in post-independence Africa.   Dr. Guy Scott was born in what was then Northern Rhodesia in 1944, was educated at Cambridge and earned a PhD in cognitive science from the University of Sussex before returning to Zambia. He will succeed President Sata should the 74 year old leader die in office.

In a statement released after the inauguration, Bishop William Mchombo of Eastern Zambia said the Anglican Church believed “there is no victor or vanquished in this election but that the will of Zambians has prevailed and that we should all continue to live in unity and peacefully alongside each other and contribute to the development of this great nation.”

He also lauded former President Banda for graciously exiting the political stage – a rarity in African politics.

“We also congratulate the electorates for coming out in their numbers to cast their votes in a relatively peaceful manner thereby entrenching our democracy. Once again we have shown the world, especially in the sub-region that peaceful elections where the will of the people is respected are tenable. Above all we give praise and glory to God to whom all people of faith turned for prayers of peace and justice. Long live Zambia,” the bishop said.