PASTORS’ Fellowship in Solwezi has asked residents to turn out in large numbers and attend prayers for peace ahead of the general elections.
Meanwhile, two political parties have confirmed participation in the national prayers that would be held in Solwezi.
Pastors’ Fellowship secretary Mickey Mpashela told the Daily Nation in an interview that it was sad that some political parties had decided not to attend.
Pst Mpashela said peace should be maintained ahead of the polls, hence the need to call for prayers.
He said people should put aside their political affiliations and ask for guidance from God as the nation goes to the polls.
“It is cardinal that we pray for peace before, during and after elections. And it is very cardinal to pray for our leaders,” he said.
He said Zambia did not belong to politicians alone but to every citizen.
“Zambia is bigger than every political party, and there is no any other Zambia,” he said.
He also said the church was non-partisan and people should not perceive the prayers as a campaign gimmick.
And Pastor Mpashela has appealed to all politicians to avoid character assassination as it was a recipe of violence.
Meanwhile, North-Western Development of Elders chairperson Lucas Chikoti said prayers were important as they would bring people together and heal the nation.
He also said people should not perceive the holding of prayers as a campaign gimmick.
“It is our hope that after these prayers, people across the nation will live in harmony even as we approach the elections day,” he said.