Vice President Rupiah Banda says he joined politics in a bid to contribute to the national building.
Mr. Banda says those that venture into politics must do so with a desire and passion
for public service.
He was speaking when he officiated at the Bible Gospel Church in Africa (BIGOCA)
Matero congregation in Lusaka today.
Mr. Banda has urged the Zambian people to rally behind President Levy Mwanwasa
and his administration as they endeavor to propel national development.
The Vice president also said national unity is central to national development hence
the need to guard the peace enjoyed by the country.
Mr. Banda, who is former Munali Member of Parliament (MP) further challenged
parliamentarians to strive to develop their constituencies.
Meanwhile, the Vice President has advised the church to concentrate on preaching the
gospel and desist from unnecessarily criticizing government.
He said is incorrect to use the church platform to advance messages which are harmful to the nation.
Mr. Banda said the church should seek to provide answers to challenges faced by the
country and its people.
He said the country faces many challenges such as poverty, unemployment and HIV/AIDS which require the efforts of all stakeholders, the church included.
And speaking earlier, Matero BIGOCA in-charge Bishop Peter Ndhlovu said the church
stands ready to work with the government of the day.
Bishop Ndhlovu urged his fellow clergymen to remain focused to the Gospel and not to
be derailed by politicians.