Government acknowledges importance of the church
Chipata, July 12, ZANIS ——-Eastern province Permanent Secretary Bert Mushala says government appreciates the pivotal role the church plays as a beacon of peace.
Mr Mushala said in a speech read for him by the Acting Deputy Permanent Secretary Zacharia Luhanga that government will continue to partner with the church in its effort to build a society with equal opportunities.
He said this at the inter-denomination Eastern province prayer service held at the Reformed Church of Zambia (RCZ) for the Chipata central by-elections.
The Permanent Secretary noted that the prayer meeting was important as it was held to call upon God to help Chipata residents to maintain the peace and unity during and after the election.
Mr Mushala said such gatherings should not be left to a few groupings but to all peace loving citizens as a way of consolidating the hard earned peace.
He also implored all participants in the forthcoming by-election to ensure that the election is peaceful adding that the electoral code of conduct should be adhered to.
And Bishop Simon Biemba in his homily said Zambia will always be a haven of peace because Jesus Christ is in control.
Bishop Biemba said it was only God that can guarantee peace and hence the need for all the Christians to look to him for peace.
He said the church has been commanded to pray for the leaders of the country and not to grumble and complain about whatever was happening.
Bishop Biemba has since appealed to all political players to exercise love, patience and unity even in situations of extreme provocation.
The prayer meeting was organized by the Council of Churches in Zambia (CCZ), Zambia Episcopal Conference(ZEC) and the Evangelical Fellowship of Zambia(EFZ) and was attended by Chipata District Commissioner Kalunga Zulu, Town Clerk, Ekan Chin’gangu, MMD and PF aspirants, Reuben Mtolo Phiri and Lameck Mangani respectively as well as other senior government and political leaders.