Zitukule Consortium, a civil society organization, says the call for national prayers by the Zambian government in the wake of the cholera outbreak is a total mockery to God and the Zambian citizens.
Zitukule Consortium Executive Director Nicholas Phiri says the outbreak of cholera in Zambia has completely nothing to do with religion or God but that it is a manmade disaster emanating from lacking of robust planning, bad governance and politics of popularlism by those in power.
Mr. Phiri is advising the PF government and leadership to desist from consciously orchestrated manipulation of serious situations and focus on addressing the root and underlying causes of challenges facing the nation today.
He says political leaders take pride in calling Zambia as a Christian nation, not because they are, but because it nourishes their political expedience.
And Economic and Equity Party (EEP) Leader Chilufya Tayali says it is very clear that the PF Government is still experimenting on many governance matters.
Mr. Tayali has told QTV News that the decision by Religious Affairs Minister Godfridah Sumaili to call for a week long prayer and fasting for Cholera and rains is one that is confusing to Zambians.
Religious and Guidance Minister Reverend Godfridah Sumaili has announced that Zambia will pray and fast from Monday, 15th January, 2018 to 21st January, 2018 for rains and against cholera outbreak.
Rev. Sumaili has since called upon every Zambian to offer 30 Minutes of Prayer for seven days as the church joins the war against the Cholera outbreak.
But Mr. Tayali argues that last week the same government banned church gatherings in view of the outbreak of Cholera and yet now they have called for prayers wondering how people will meet to pray.
He says this is what he calls ‘Chipantepante’ because the PF policies are inconsistent.