United Church of Zambia Synod Bishop Sydney Sichilima has resigned as President of the Council of Churches in Zambia -CCZ- and withdrawn his participation in the three Church mother bodies.
In a letter addressed to the Three Church Mother Bodies, CCZ General Secretary and availed to ZNBC News today, Bishop Sichilima said the move is meant to preserve the integrity of the United Church of Zambia – UCZ.
Bishop Sichilima said he has also withdrawn his participation from the forum.
He said as UCZ leader there are certain biblical ethics that he cannot compromise in executing his pastoral duties hence his withdrawal from the church mother bodies and resignation from CCZ.
Bishop Sichilima has however thanked the United Church of Zambia for seconding him to serve other ecumenical organisations.
He also thanked the member Churches of the Council of Churches in Zambia for their confidence and mandate entrusted in him to serve as President.
Bishop Sichilima’s resignations comes in the wake of altercations regarding the CCZ ‘s position over the suspension of Prime Television Broadcast license for a month by the Independent Broadcasting Authority-IBA-.
A strong letter to condemn the suspension was written and signed by CCZ general secretary without the approval of Bishop Sichilima who at the time was President of the council.