State House says it will not force opposition UPND leader Hakainde Hichilema to attend the national day of prayers and reconciliation on October 18th, if he chooses to stay away.
And State House says it will not respond to Mr Hichilema’s letter to President Edgar Lungu over the day of prayers and reconciliation since the opposition leader has published the document in the press.
Special Assistant to the president for Press and Public Relations Amos Chanda says President Lungu will freely fellowship with all people that will turn -up for the national event which is above partisan interests. Mr Chanda says members of the public have been called upon to participate without any conditions.
He said it is important that the country promotes and embrace prayer and reconciliation to move the nation forward.
Mr Hichilema had written to President Lungu highlighting issues he feels should be addressed before convening the day of prayers and reconciliation.
The letter has since been published as an advert in the Post Newspaper.
Meanwhile, PF Deputy Secretary General Mumbi Phiri has called on Zambians to turn up in large numbers for the day of prayer and reconciliation on October 18th 2015.
Mrs Phiri says Zambians should ignore calls by a named opposition political leader asking them to shun the event.
She also called on political parties to promote co-existence as was the case in the just ended Lubansenshi parliamentary by election.
Mrs Phiri was speaking to ZNBC news in an interview in Lusaka Wednesday.
President Edgar Lungu on opening parliament declared October 18 as a day of national prayers and reconciliation.