Copperbelt Minister Bowman Lusambo has reiterated government’s commitment to working with the Church in fostering love, peace and unity in the nation.
Mr Lusambo who is also Kabushi Member of Parliament said Government considers the Church as a strong partner in national development.
He stressed that as Copperbelt Minister, he stands ready to work with the Church to enhance development in the province.
Mr Lusambo was speaking Sunday morning when he addressed congregants at Bread of Life Main Church in Ndola.
“As Government, we are ready to work with you to see to it that the peace and tranquillity that Zambia is known for continues. I bring you greetings from His Excellency Edgar Chagwa Lungu and I am here to assure that the Church is a key partner in our quest to develop this nation,” Mr Lusambo said.
He continued, “As your servant, I have an open door policy. You are free to come and offer advice on how we can work together to foster develop. I am not a stranger to this Church. I have been coming here for some time and our Father Rev Chanda is my personal Father in the Lord and I will be calling on him often for counsel and he is also free to come to my office so that together we can serve our people diligently.”
“As politicians, we rely on the wisdom of our Church leaders to serve our people.’
Mr Lusambo also announced a donation of 6,000 bags of cement valued at around K31,000 towards the construction of a new Church building.
‘On behalf of the Lusambo family, I am hereby pledging 6,000 bags of cement to go towards constructing the House of the Lord, this is a donation from my family and not as Government,” Mr Lusambo announced as the Church members burst into ululation.
And Church Reverand George Chanda who read from Genesis 30 Vs 25 and Mathews 13 Vs 57 urged Christians to honour their own brothers and sisters whom God has elevated to the next level.
Reverend Chanda said Christians should develop the right altitudes and change their mindset if they are to contribute to the development of the nation.
He said as Zambia enters its 53rd year of Independence, citizens must unite and celebrate all the blessings that God has bestowed on the nation in order to attain full prosperity.
Reverend Chanda said residents of Ndola should realise that Ndola is well positioned to take advantage of its centrality to export several products to regional markets such as the Congo DR.
He said Ndola residents should take participate in restoring the pride of Ndola by keeping the city clean.
“To our leaders, I ask, what has happened to all the play parks and gardens in the city? Where are our children going to play and relax from when all our play parks have been turned into bars? Our stress levels have increased because we don’t have recreational places. What happened to the Boating Club? We need to bring back our city to the way it was in the colonial times. If you see Broadway Street of 1938, you would think it is a different city,” Reverend Chanda said.
After the Church service, Mr Lusambo was led on a conducted tour of the construction site of the new Church building which is adjacent to the existing Church building.
Reverend Chanda told Mr Lusambo that once completed, the auditorium will have a 3,000 sitting capacity.