UNITED Party for National Development (UPND) president Hakainde Hichilema should be commended for having changed his position against attending the national day of prayer because he has seen the value of worship, fasting together and reconciling, the Patriotic Front (PF) has said.
PF member of central committee Frank Bwalya said the last minute change of position on being part of the national day of prayer and fasting by Mr Hichilema should be seen as part of the conversion that Zambians had been praying for in all political leaders.
But UPND spokesperson Charles Kakoma said Mr Hichilema had never been against the national day of prayer and that he was at St Ignatius Catholic Church for the prayers.
Mr Kakoma said Mr Hichilema was only seeking clarification from Government on what the prayers were for and why there was need for forgiveness and reconciliation.
Father Bwalya said Zambians had been praying for conversion in political party leaders who were perceived to be bitter and spreading hatred among citizens.
He told the Sunday Nation that it was gratifying that Mr Hichilema had seen the need to join Zambians in prayer and fasting as a way of inviting God’s favour upon the country.
Fr Bwalya said the PF was also commending Christians and other God-fearing people in the UPND for for convincing Mr Hichilema to see to seek the face of God in times of challenges with others.
“The last minute U-turn by Mr Hichilema to attend the national day of prayer should be seen as part of the conversion that Zambians have been praying for in all political party leaders who are perceived to be bitter and spreading hatred. As such we commend Mr Hichilema for realising the value of praying together, fasting and reconciling as a way of inviting God’s favour upon our country. We also commend Christians and other God-fearing people in the UPND especially Mr Goeffrey Bwalya Mwamba who we are told helped Mr Hichilema abandon his position against attending the national day of prayer,” Fr Bwalya said.
Fr Bwalya said his prayer was that organisations and political parties with level headed members should advise and correct their leaders when they were wrong.
He explained that while it was normal for any leader to be wrong in their judgment even over simple things like praying together, it was important that the truth was always upheld. Fr Bwalya said leaders of political parties who were in the habit of misleading their followers and changing their position at the last minute were in fact causing a lot of embarrassment to their followers.
“I pray and hope that those who were sending text messages about the 666 and accusing President Edgar Lungu of being used by Pope Francis to mark Zambians with the sign of a beast will realise the wrong they were doing and repent and reconcile with the people they spiritually hurt with such messages,” Fr Bwalya said.