By Nation Reporter
PRESIDENT Edgar Lungu says that he will continue to put God first despite being accused of trying to gain political mileage using the church.
He said this yesterday at St. Kizito Catholic Church in Lusaka where he congregated in the company of the First Lady, Esther Lungu.
President Lungu said he was a believer before he joined politics, stating that the economy had begun to perform well and the country had enough food despite unfavorable rainfall patterns.
He wondered why the opposition political parties were enticing voters not to vote for him.
President Lungu who came to the church about 09:30 hours only left after 13:00 hours.
In Church, Mr Lungu took part in singing hymns and songs by the choir as well as dancing much to the jubilation of the congregants who filled the building to its holding capacity.
He said people still had confidence in his leadership because he was a good leader and expressed hope that they would give him another mandate to rule the country owing to how the Government had performed in the short time given to govern the country.
“I am happy to be here today and for the love you have shown me. However, I do not have a lot to say because we are in a campaign season.
“There are those who are telling you to remove me and vote for them but people are able to judge who is a good leader. The economy is getting better, the rains came and we now have enough food. Those who were laughing at us have now seen that God works in miraculous ways. God is wonderful,” he said.
President Lungu said that he was aware that he always attracted huge crowds because of his status in society but urged the church to take advantage of the people to preach to those who had not yet converted to Christ.
“I was a believer before I joined politics or before I became a minister. I am a believer in my heart. I would like to tell my critics that I will keep coming to church,” he said.
The President was accompanied by his Special Assistant for Press and Public Relations Amos Chanda, Deputy Minister of Finance Christopher Mvunga, Patriotic Front (PF) deputy secretary general Mumbi Phiri, PF deputy spokesperson Frank Bwalya and Lusaka Province youth chairman Kennedy Kamba.
Others were National Revolution Party (NRP) president Cosmo Mumba, Christian Democratic Party president Danny Pule, Austin Chewe and other dignitaries.
And resident Parish priest Isaac Chanda said the church was happy with his gesture to visit them and offered prayers to him and other political party leaders for peaceful general elections
Father Chanda told President Lungu that Zambians loved him and were always eager to listen to him.
He said President Lungu was the first President to visit the church at an unprecedented time when the congregation was also celebrating the martyr of St. Kizito.
Fr Chanda called for love, stating that without love, there would be no unity or cooperation but bemoaned that there was a group of persons who were always propagating violence.
“The people of Zambia love you and are always eager to listen to you but there is a group of people who are always propagating violence. Help us to tell them that they disturb us. Wherever I go, Zambia is known for peace,” he said.
Fr Chanda said that poverty was the number one enemy that the continent of Africa faced, followed by injustices and oppression.