Patriotic Front (PF) member of the central committee (MCC) Father Frank Bwalya says President Lungu’s declaration of October 18 as a public holiday to be observed as a national day of prayer and fasting is constitutional as Zambia is a Christian nation by Constitution.
Fr Bwalya said it is, therefore, absurd for suspended Anglican priest Richard Luonde to suggest that whoever takes over from President Lungu must reverse the declaration of October 18 as a national day of prayer and fasting.
“The statement by suspended Father Luonde opposing President Lungu’s declaration of October 18 as a day of national prayer and fasting is highly disappointing given the fact that it comes from a priest,” Fr Bwalya said.
Fr Bwalya was speaking in an interview on Sunday.
He said the step taken by President Lungu has cemented unity in the country.
“This is part of consummation of Zambia’s declaration as a Christian nation. Fr Luonde should be objective enough to look at the declaration and not who declared it,” Fr Bwalya said.
He said President Lungu has actually upheld the Constitution by declaring October 18 as a day of national prayer and fasting because Zambia is a Christian nation by Constitution.
“We know that Fr Luonde is a Rainbow Party member but he must rise above partisan politics because so many people, including the Anglican Church, have welcomed this,” he said.
And PF vice-chairperson for the media and publicity committee Sunday Chanda says the “axis of evil” has regrouped to fight the good.
“The anti-prayer movement is determined to remove the declaration of Zambia as a Christian nation and further scrap off 18th October as a public holiday for prayer,” Mr Chanda said.
He said it is no wonder that some well-known political parties are silent on issues of homosexuality.
“The Church should, therefore, rightfully own this season of placing God at the centre of the nation for posterity’s sake. In a world of high moral decay, Zambia must teach her younger citizens why the nation must remain under God,” he said.