BLOOMBERG CORRESPONDENT’S MISLEADING INTERPRETATION OF THE NATIONAL DAY FOR PRAYERS AND RECONCILIATION
Lusaka, Zambia, 17th October 2015 – Mathew Hill, the Zambia Correspondent for the New York based Bloomberg News has sent out what many media experts say is a MISLEADING interpretation of the National Day for Prayers and Reconciliation. In his report, Hill claims Zambian President Edgar Lungu has called for prayers seeking divine intervention in the volatile Kwacha. It is our intention as PF to deal with this deliberate twisting and misrepresentation of President Lungu’s call for prayer by the Bloomberg Correspondent.
Firstly, we wish to inform Mr. Hill and through him, many others, that Zambia’s struggle for Independence was anchored by a relationship between God and the Country. Our freedom fighters such as Zambia’s founding President Dr. Kenneth Kaunda and his generation of gallant citizens looked to God, prayed and fasted and this has been carried down to all subsequent Presidents. Zambians will recall how Dr. Kaunda usually called National Days of Prayer for peace and unity, under the One Zambia One Nation banner.
Mr. Hill would be wise to know that part of the reason Zambia had a bloodless transition from one party rule to multiparty democracy in 1991 was because the church had a pivotal role to bring the ruling party UNIP and main opposition MMD leaders together to pray and reconcile. Further, President Chiluba declared Zambia a Christian Nation and this is enshrined in our Constitution. So in the same way that Moslems observe Ramadan and make the Hajji to Mecca, and Jews observe their sacred religious beliefs, Zambia as a Christian Nation is Christ-like and Prayer and Faith is at the centre of the nation, in good or bad times. PF is committed to this rich history which recognizes the place of God in our Governance system. We are not like other political parties such as UPND which fail to recognize the importance of Prayer and Reconciliation in the life of the Nation. It does not surprise Zambians that in some circles it is believed that UPND, if at all they formed Government, would REMOVE the declaration of Zambia as a Christian Nation from the Constitution.
Mr. Hill would wish to know that when Zambia lost its entire football team in Gabon air disaster, late President Chiluba rallied the country to prayer and unity. President Mwanawasa called a national day of prayer when Zambia was faced with famine. President RB called the Nation to prayer when President Mwanawasa was critically ill in Paris and our late President Sata vowed to govern by the 10 commandments, all inspired by words of scripture.
Mr. Hill does not need to be reminded of how previous Presidents in the United States have called National Days of prayer and fasting. From George Washington, the First US President to Abraham Lincoln to Benjamin Franklin, proclamations of Christian faith have been part of the American public life. The national prayer day and national Thanksgiving Day are in fact law in the USA. Mr Hill should therefore not lead us into temptation. He is fully aware that Government has not closed bars and taverns in case he wants to go there but we are persuading Zambia’s moral majority to keep away from such!
In conclusion, we wish to state that the call by President Lungu for National Prayers on the 18th October 2015 has been heeded to by all the Church mother bodies, traditional leaders and majority of Zambians. Zambia Shall forever be a Christian Nation in good or bad times. Those opposed to National Prayers and Reconciliation are playing cheap politics and are a minority. We say without regret that President Lungu and PF believe that blessed is the Nation whose God is the LORD!
Issued By: Sunday Chanda, Vice Chairperson, PF Media and Publicity Committee