The United Party for National Development (UPND) has U-turned on it’s earlier decision to not to attend the Prayer Meeting slated for July 24th.
In a statement released to the media, the party said that the’s Vice-President for Politics Dr. Canisius Banda will lead the UPND delegation in joining the National House of Prayers in Lusaka for a service to pray for peaceful elections.
Early this week, UPND Deputy Director for Policy and Research Joseph Lungu, who is also in charge of the party’s fasting and prayer organizing committee, said that the party would shun July 24th national prayers bacause the party did not not see the need to take part in the national day of prayer to be held on 24th July to pray for peaceful elections.
Speaking to QTV, Mr Lungu who said that his party had issues with the national day of prayer because the people who are spearheading them seemed to have some biasness towards the ruling PF and that UPND found it difficult to be part of such prayers.
Below is the statement released today by UPND
Canisius Banda To Attend National House of Prayers in Lusaka This Sunday
Earlier this week we were honoured to attend prayers for peace hosted by the Church and the Law Association of Zambia. UPND President Hakainde Hichilema who attended and led the UPND delegation once again called for peace and unity, condemning all acts of violence regardless of the provocation.
This Sunday 24th July UPND Vice-President for Politics Dr. Canisius Banda will lead the UPND delegation in joining the National House of Prayers in Lusaka for a service to pray for peaceful elections.
UPND leader Hakainde Hichilema will be touring in Southern Province on the 24th, while Vice-President for Administration who is also the UPND running mate Geoffrey Bwalya Mwamba is scheduled to be in Northern Province.
But regardless of their location they will be joining us in prayers on this matter of national importance, as they have done in the past. We will be praying also for justice for those who have been victim of acts of electoral violence and their families.
UPND Secretary General