President Rupiah Banda has called for the refurbishment and continuous maintenance of the Cathedral of the Holy Cross which was built over fifty years ago.
Mr. Banda said all the problems that the country has faced have been solved through gatherings at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross.
He said it was important therefore to have the church refurbished as soon as possible saying his administration is committed to seeing the Cathedral Partnership Corporate projects aimed at raising funds to refurbish the church succeed.
Mr. Banda was speaking in Lusaka last evening at the Cathedral Corporate Partnership ball whose theme was ‘ Restoring a National Spiritual Heritage through Partnership’.
The Republican President said the peace that the country is enjoying is unique as many countries on the continent have been to war while some are still torn apart from conflicts.
Mr. Banda noted that the church has a bid role to play in ensuring that the country continues to enjoy the peace and tranquility.
And speaking earlier Anglican Bishop of the Diocese of Lusaka The Right Reverend David Njovu said the Cathedral of the Holy Cross has continued to play a central role in Zambia’s spiritual affairs and in guiding the nation.
Rev. Njovu said the Cathedral was therefore a symbol of Christ’s Lordship over Zambia which has now become even more significant with the declaration of Zambia as a Christian nation.
He noted that the church is humbled and inspired by the wisdom in the leaders to declare Zambia a Christian nation.
And the Duke of England Richard Roster who sent his best wishes for the Cathedral Corporate Partnership through the British High Commissioner, said the Cathedral was an important cultural centre.
Meanwhile Bank of Zambia Governor Kaleb Fundanga said the partnership should go beyond the immediate needs of the Cathedral but look further to the wider needs of the community.
In a speech read on his behalf by Bank of Zambia Corporate Affairs Manager Danny Kalyalya, Dr. Fundanga said there is enormous potential for public private partnerships to move this country forward saying the Bank of Zambia recognizes the importance of corporate social responsibility.
Dr. Fundanga who donated K10 million towards the refurbishing of the church urged the Cathedral community to open a Cathedral Corporate Partnership Account.