PRESIDENT Edgar Lungu says that initiatives such as the choral competition have the potential to generate income as well as job creation and he has since given a directive to the Ministry of Tourism and Arts to make the project feasible.
The Head of State, who was accompanied by the First Lady Esther, said this yesterday in Lusaka at Bread of Life Church International where he was guest of honour at the ‘‘One Voice’’ choral grand finale.
He said such initiatives needed to be supported on a larger scale as it would be a source of income and employment.
President Lungu said Government would endeavor to support such initiatives as well as gospel music and thanked ZNBC, the Zambia Community Choir and other cooperating partners for organizing a successful event.
Mr Lungu said he was being accused that he had hijacked the Church but emphasized that he would continue to go to church because of his personal conviction.
“I would like to thank the Church for inviting me and my wife to grace this occasion. I would like to mention that it was our intention and design to be here.
“My Government is committed to such initiatives. I hereby give a directive to the Ministry of Tourism and Arts to make it feasible not only in Lusaka but Copperbelt and all over the country as it has the potential to generate income and create jobs. This opportunity will offer you contracts, I have seen some cheques here,” he said.
Earlier, Bread of Life head Bishop Joe Imakando told President Lungu that the church had continued to pray for him to be in good health, have wisdom and to provide exemplary leadership to the nation.
‘‘I would like to welcome the Republican President Edgar Lungu and his dear wife to Bread of Life Church International. We want to assure you that we pray for you to enjoy good health, wisdom and to provide exemplary leadership of the country,” he said.
Later, President Lungu presented the prizes to Busokololo choir who emerged overall winners with a K20,000 cash prize, followed by St Magrets choir who won K10,000 and St. Johns who walked away with K5,000.
The Head of State was accompanied by his special aide for press and public relations Amos Chanda and other Government as well as Patriotic Front (PF) officials.