The followers who went in ‘exile’ in 1964 to Democratic Republic of Congo, by then Zaire, sent their gratitude message to the President through the Minister of Youth, Sport and Child Development, Gabriel Namulambe, who visited them in Mufulira yesterday.
Lenshina sect, originally from Chinsali district, is now working with other Faith
Based Organizations in the district under the name Lenshina Support Group.
Chairperson of the group, Lewis Chanda, said the sect is willing to work with the
government of President Mwanawasa to improve their living standards.
Mr. Chanda lamented that Mama Lenshina’s members can not sustain their living
because they have no basic education as they were forced out of the country by the
first republican government.
He said they have suffered enough as a result of their faith that government by then
did not recognize.
They appealed to government to assist them settle and empower them with survival
skills as citizens of the land.
The regrouped support group is staying in seven different locations in the district.
Mr. Namulambe however encouraged the members to work so that government can only
supplement their efforts.
Lenshina sect was disbanded by UNIP government in 1964 for unlawfull religious acts.
Mama Lenshina was their spiritual leader from Chinsali district.
The sect came back into the country during the second republican government of
former President Chiluba.