Just before the elections took place in 1996, the Bishops wrote this pastoral letter to remind the citizens of the importance of elections. They recalled the issues they raised in the "Joint Pastoral statement On the "Year of Political Responsibility"
"Blessed are the peacemakers; they shall be called Children of God" (Mt 5:9)
To all Catholics and all loving people of Zambia: We wish you the grace and peace of God and the Lord Jesus Christ. As pastors of the Church and therefore teachers in matters of morals and doctrine, we feel duty bound to give guidance to the Nation as the National elections draw near. We have listened to the concerns of the people and their desire to see democracy and good governance succeed.
May God bless you all!