President Edgar Lungu says he is surprised to read in some newspapers that someone in the leadership of one political party, a former priest himself, warned that his party will revoke the proclamation of October 18 as a National Day of Prayer if they came to power.
He was speaking at the Ground Breaking Ceremony for the construction of the New Cathedral National House of Prayer to be domiciled in Lusaka.
The President said the house of prayer will be an inter-denominational house of God that will serve as a common meeting point when the nation seeks to speak to God in a collective manner.
He said the Anglican Cathedral of the Holy Cross, which has served as a national place of worship since 1964, can no longer accommodate the current increase of worshippers during various state functions of a religious nature.
President Lungu has since called on all believers in the God of the forefathers including Abraham, Isaac and Jacob to join him build and claim the fulfilment of the blessing God gave to Abraham on behalf of all who were to follow his example of faith.
He quoted Romans 4:3 which says ‘’Abraham believed God and it was accounted to him for righteousness.’’
The President further said he has decided to honour God by building his people the House of God and reaffirm that Zambia is and shall remain a Christian Nation.
He said since elected President, he realised that the ways of God are beyond the ways of man.
And Lusaka Province Minister, Obvious Mwaliteta, said the Cathedral will be a place of prayer and reflection on how the Zambian people are ruled.
Mr Mwaliteta said the event is divine inspired and signifies that President Lungu is indeed the chosen one.
And Minister of Tourism and Arts, Jean Kapata, said Zambia is a Christian nation which puts the glorification of God above anything.
Ms Kapata was glad to note that the Cathedral will be an interdenominational worship centre that will help the country in hosting a number of Christian activities.
And Brigadier General Vincent Mwenya read from the book of Exodus 25:8-9.
Gen Mwenya added that it is Biblical that God used the top most political leaders to build his temple for worship.
He further said God has spoken to President Lungu that the tabernacle must be built and all people of all denominations across Zambia must join hands to build the tabernacle.
During the intercession prayers, Henry Matifeyo, Head of Chaplaincy Zambia National Service (ZNS) prayed for confession, repentance, forgiveness and reconciliation.
First Republic President, Kenneth Kaunda, Fourth Republic President Rupiah Banda, Service Chiefs, Cabinet Ministers and other government officials were present at the ceremony.