FORUM for Democracy and Development (FDD) leader is driven by hate forces and that is why she is inciting people to shun the day of national prayers and fasting because she does not believe that God can hear prayers, the Gallant Youth of Zambia (GYZ) has charged.

And Evangelical Fellowship of Zambia (EFZ) Executive Director Pukuta Mwanza has said that it was unwise for politicians to think that the call to national prayer and fasting was President Edgar Lungu’s business because the challenges facing Zambia did not spare anyone.

Reacting to Ms. Nawakwi’s attacks against President Edgar Lungu, GYZ president Henry Mulenga said it was only a person who was under the influence of wicked spells that would refuse to seek the face of God in difficult times.

Mr. Mulenga said Ms. Nawakwi’s bitterness should not derail plans to hold national prayers and fasting as that was the only way a country should react when there was a crisis.

He noted that the current challenges that the country was facing called for soberness and maturity among all political players as finger-pointing would not solve the problems.

He said it was important for Zambians to realise that the problems that the country was going through were not created by President Lungu and that viewing the call to prayer as a weakness on the part of the Head of State showed lack of patriotism.

“With her level of education as a person who has passed through the corridors of the University of Zambia, we would expect her to approach these matters with level-headedness. For someone to shun such an important event and ask other people to do the same shows that they are led by wicked forces,” Mr. Mulenga said.

And Rev. Mwanza called upon politicians in the country to be wise and look beyond partisan politics by joining those who will petition God to address the country’s challenges.  He said those who aspired for national leadership needed to prove to the country that they could uphold the provisions of the Constitution by preaching the message of forgiveness, love and reconciliation.

“It is not time for partisan politics because our country is a Christian nation as enshrined in the preamble of our Constitution. In the event that our leaders reconcile, we shall not see cadres shooting at each other because their leaders would have set an example by forgiving one another and uniting under one purpose,” Rev. Mwanza said.

Meanwhile the Zambia Direct Democracy Movement (ZDDM) has asked government to call for a national economic Indaba on 19th October, 2015, a day after the national prayers and fasting.

ZDDM vice president Charles Kafumbo said there was need for dialogue on the solutions available for Zambia to improve its economy after seeking God to intervene and address the challenges facing the nation.

President Lungu has declared October 18, 2015 as a day of prayer and fasting in response to the economic crisis the country is facing.

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