UPND leader Hakainde Hichilema has called on his party members to turn up in numbers for tomorrow’s national day of prayers, fasting and reconciliation. Mr Hichilema has acknowledged the strength of prayer and unity of purpose during trying moments.
Mr Hichilema said that he will lead UPND members in participating in the national event called by President Edgar Lungu. Mr Hichilema said this in Lusaka through UPND Deputy Spokesperson Cornelius Mweetwa.
Earlier this month, UPND gave Government four conditions to meet before the party members could attend the much talked about national day of prayer and fasting scheduled for October 18th, 2015.
UPND Special Assistant to the President Edward Mumbi told QFM News in an interview that the party had refused to go for the program but that they wanted the PF Government to address certain issues before showing up at the program.
Mr. Mumbi said at the time that it was important that the government clearly indicates how the lives of the people would be safeguarded during that event considering that there had been indiscriminate use of firearms by PF cadres. Mr Mumbi said that believed that the life of the UPND Leader and other people maybe in danger if this issue is not carefully addressed.
Mr Mumbi said that the other conditions that the government should meet was to tell the nation the way forward concerning the constitution making process which he said there was no clear roadmap in coming up with the new supreme law of the land.
Mr Mumbi also said that other issues that needed to be addressed was the violence and insulting opposition of leaders by PF cadres.
Mr. Mumbi has emphasized that the PF have been mocking the people of Zambia for a long period of time now and there was no need of sitting with them.
He quoted Psalms 1:1 at the time which says “Blessed is the one who does not walk in step with the wicked or stand in the way that sinners take or sit in the company of mockers”, saying it is difficult for the party to associate with the PF because of they have mocked Zambians.
Mr. Mumbi said that if the above conditions were met, then party members will not have difficulties to be part of the proceedings.
It is not clear if the above conditions were met by the PF Government.