“Don’t mind people who call you names and accuse you of doing certain things,” Reverend Joseph Kabaso told President Edgar Lungu yesterday during a church service at Lubwa Mission United Church of Zambia (UCZ) in Chinsali district.
And President Lungu has declared the Lubwa Mission congregation building a national monument and directed that a gazette notice be issued forthwith.
The Lubwa Mission is a national heritage site but the actual congregation has not been part of the heritage.
Rev Kabaso said President Lungu could be names but that he should not mind such people because God was with him (Lungu).
“God has called you to a solemn duty to unite this country…To sing a song of peace that is what God called you to do. Wherever and when you are criticised say to your critics peace be with you. We know the good things you are doing and God has chosen you and given us a leader… when you won last year on January 20, God appointed you as leader of this country and we are proud of you,” he said.
Rev. Kabaso said there was no country, family, society, or even marriage which was perfect in everything.
The clergy man said it was not possible to have a family, a nation or marriage which was perfect.
And President Lungu told congregants not to be only Christians on Sundays but that their deeds should also reflect Christianity.
He encouraged church members to be Christians at home and everywhere they were found apart from only church buildings.
The Head of State encouraged the church to continue praying for him and Government.
Meanwhile, President Lungu said Government would soon gazette Lubwa Mission to turn it into a national historical site.
He pledged to personally renovate and rehabilitate Lubwa mission’s UCZ church which was currently in bad shape.
“Looking at this building, I can see sunlight coming through the roof. It has stood a test of time,” he said. President Lungu said this at the end of the sermon after Rev Kabaso categorised the problems which the mission was currently facing.
After a sermon, Rev Kabaso told President Lungu in church that the mission had no water from the time the borehole tank was stolen.
Rev Kabaso said the mission had no means of transport which he said was making it extremely difficult to conduct missionary works.
The clergyman narrated how he walks to the roadside and wait for hours to catch a taxi and that most times he would miss meetings.
Rev Kabaso said the transport crisis at the mission had now earned him a nickname from his colleagues as “Mr Latecomer”.
The church service was also attended by First Republican President Dr Kenneth David Kaunda who encouraged the mission to continue serving God’s purpose.
Dr Kaunda also reminded the Church that on April 9, 2016 he would be celebrating his 93rd birthday.
Rev Kabaso then presented white doves to Dr Kaunda and President Lungu at the end of the service. Both President Lungu and Dr Kaunda proceeded to tour the graveyard of the first President’s parents.
Dr Kaunda’s mother Helen Nyamunyirenda Kaunda was born in 1882 and died in 1972 while his father David Kaunda was born in 1878 and died in 1932.
And after visiting the graveyard, Dr Kaunda and President Lungu proceeded to check on the place where Dr Kaunda was born in 1924 and lived during his earlier age. Meanwhile, President Edgar Lungu has cautioned people of Shuwang’andu district not to vote for non-performing politicians on August 11.
And President Lungu has directed the Ministry of Finance to make money available for the completion of the road which connects Ilonga mission to Chinsali town. Speaking when he addressed a rally in Shuwang’andu’s Ilonga mission on Saturday afternoon, President Lungu said some politicians were “crooks” and should never be voted into office.
The Head of State told the residents that they had a right of voting for any candidates of their choice but warned them to be alert and not vote for lazy politicians.
He said those who had a tendency of not fulfilling their campaign promises should not be voted for.