Former NAREP National Secretary Reverend Jevan Kamanga has joined different sections of society in condemning United Party for National Development (UPND) leader Hakainde Hichilema for opposing the National Day of Prayer, Fasting and Repentance set for October 18, 2015.
In a statement released to the media Reverend Jevan Kamanga, urged Zambians to ignore Mr Hichilema’s call to shun the day of prayers.
Below is the full statement
IGNORE MR. HAKAINDE HICHILEMA’S CALL TO SHUN DAY OF PRAYER
We are very disappointed and disturbed by the statement coming from Mr. Hakainde Hichilema in downplaying the day of prayer which was called by HE Mr. Edgar Chagwa Lungu, President of the Republic of Zambia. Mr. Hichilema is quoted as saying “the 18th October Day of Prayer will be a mockery to God”. This shows how little Mr. Hichilema understands the Word of God.
I have serious doubts in leaders like Mr. Hichilema who behave in such a manner as being displayed right now. At the SDA conference in Heroes Stadium, Mr. Hichilema refused to Honor the Head of State. In Kasama, him and his friend GBM refused to even give respect to the Head of State when he attend the installation of Chief Chitimukulu. These behaviours are against the demands of the Word of God according to Romans 13 vs. 5 – 7
“ Therefore, it is necessary to submit to the authorities, not only because of possible punishment but also because of conscience.
 This is also why you pay taxes, for the authorities are God’s servants, who give their full time to governing.
 Give everyone what you owe him: If you owe taxes, pay taxes; if revenue, then revenue; if respect, then respect; if honor, then honor.”
Now Mr. Hichilema wants to throw cold water on a just cause meant to unite, heal and reconcile people through forgiveness and prayer. What does he really want? Where does he stand with regards to spiritual matters? And if he claims to be an Elder in a respectable movement in our country, then let him tell us why he goes against basic teachings of our Lord and Master, Jesus Christ.
Let me offer a quick scriptural basis for the Day of Prayer as summoned by the Head of State quoting 2 Chronicles 7 vs. 13 – 16.
“ “When I shut up the heavens so that there is no rain, or command locusts to devour the land or send a plague among my people,
 if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land.
 Now my eyes will be open and my ears attentive to the prayers offered in this place.
 I have chosen and consecrated this temple so that my Name may be there forever. My eyes and my heart will always be there.”
Again, Joe 1 vs. 14 records, “Declare a holy fast; call a sacred assembly. Summon the elders and all who live in the land to the house of the LORD your God, and cry out to the LORD.”
Does Mr. Hichilema even know what can happen if God got upset with any of us? He must know his limits and not pull our Almighty God in his selfish pursuit to plot one.
Ladies and gentlemen, there are many scriptures that encourage people to seek God in prayer whenever they face crises of any kinds. Our country is facing a lot of challenges today most of which are beyond man’s effort. The last thing one wants to hear is that we don’t need God or that God is upset with us. Does Mr. Hichilema even know what can happen if God got upset with any of us? He must know his limits and not pull our Almighty God in his selfish pursuit to plot one.
If anything, the Bible encourages us to pray for those in authority according to 1 Timothy 2 vs. 1 – 4 which gives us instructions on Worship
“I urge, then, first of all, that requests, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for everyone-
 for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness.
 This is good, and pleases God our Savior,
 who wants all men to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth.”
It is therefore in order for the HE Mr. Edgar Chagwa Lungu to call for a consecrated assembly to seek the face of God for His intervention in our situations. Mr. Hichilema has told the nation that he will not attend the Prayer meeting. What’s new? Why is he afraid? Does he want the country to continue in the state it is in now? Does he think this situation will sort of help or usher him into State House? No. By refusing to attend this National Day of Prayer, Mr. Hichilema is signaling to us that he doesn’t love forgiveness, reconciliation, peace, unity, and healing.
What’s new? Why is he afraid? Does he want the country to continue in the state it is in now? Does he think this situation will sort of help or usher him into State House? No.
In conclusion, I want to appeal to the people of Zambia to ignore Mr. Hichilema’s call and unite for a common good to see our land healed and restored. The Kitwe Pastors have started the ball rolling and it’s my humble appeal to all Pastor’s Fellowships around the country to emulate our Kitwe brothers and sisters and take lead in praying for mother Zambia.
Seeing that the 18th of October will be a Sunday, I want to propose that people meet in their various churches and then around 12h00, we can converge in designated stadia. We have done this before and we can do it again.
Thank you and may God bless you.