THE church should be vigilant and strong to condemn propaganda that is being perpetrated by some sections of society against Government because Zambia has been known as a beacon of peace and tranquillity which cannot be sacrificed for individual selfish motives, President Edgar Lungu has said.
He said this on Sunday night during the fundraising dinner hosted by a United Church of Zambia (UCZ) Trinity Congregation for the construction of an ultra-modern church expected to gobble K 4.5 million to which he donated K15,000 cash.
President Lungu said Government’s efforts towards making Zambia a better place would be in vain without the support of the church because it played a significant role in the provision of spiritual guidance as participation in the national agenda.
He said he was grateful to the church’s relentless efforts in preaching love, peace and unity and in complementing Government’s efforts in fostering development in the country and implored members of the religious family to pray for the country ahead of the general elections. President Lungu thanked the church for supporting his declaration of October 18th as a day of national prayers and fasting.
“Zambia has been a beacon of peace and tranquillity in the region in particular and the world in general for over 50 years now. This peace cannot be sacrificed for individual selfish motives. We need to maintain this remarkable record which has been the envy of the world by guarding our peace jealously and resisting any divisive schemes.
“I wish to appeal to the church to be vigilant and to strongly condemn propaganda that is being perpetrated by sections of our society to turn the people of Zambia against Government. We should not allow agents of the devil to sabotage this nation. Our nation is anchored on Godly principles of love, peace and unity which resonate well with our motto One Zambia, One Nation. There can be no meaningful development in our nation without peace,” President Lungu said. He noted that Zambia would be able to overcome some of the challenges it was faced with if all citizens resolved to live in harmony and lived as brothers and sisters regardless of their different persuasions.
And Bishop of the North Western Presbytery Moses Gondwe said the church would continue praying for peace to continue prevailing as the country goes to the polls.
He said the church was happy with the step taken by the Head of State to assent the new Constitution which was the cry of many Zambians since independence .
“You provided leadership to sign the Constitution which has been a cry for Zambians. The Church and Government belong together and this strong partnership to foster development must continue. As the UCZ church, we are happy that you witnessed the closing jubilee held at Nkana stadium this year,” Bishop Gondwe said.
And President Lungu has said he would not be swayed by those politicising the construction of the Chingola-Solwezi road because they were entitled to their opinions. He said this when he inspected the 10-kilometre stretch that China Geo company, one of the three contractors working on the road, has done so far in Solwezi on Sunday evening.