President Edgar Lungu is on today expected to leave for New York for the 73rd Session of the United Nations General Assembly. Foreign Affairs Minister, Joseph Malanji disclosed that while in New York, the President will deliver a statement during the General Assembly.
Mr Malanji says President Lungu, who is also Chairperson of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) Organ on Politics, Defence and Security Cooperation, will further brief the Assembly on the security situation in the region.
Speaking at a Press briefing today, Mr. Malanji said the President will also hold various bilateral talks with World leaders. Mr Malanji said that the visit to New York is expected to strengthen and deepen Zambia’s interaction with the global community and promote Zambia’s national interests.
The President is expected to be back on Friday, 28th September, 2018.
Meanwhile, President Edgar Lungu says it is not necessary for the church and government to be hostile to each other as they both have a common purpose of serving the people.
The Head of State noted that the church and government have an enormous task to save the people hence the need to complement each other.
The President said this during the 70th Anniversary of the World Council of churches in Zambia and the 31st general conference of Council of Churches in Zambia held at the Levy Mwanawasa stadium in Ndola.
“We look forward to seeing churches fostering unity among the people and that it should be in the forefront sowing seeds of love and not discord,” he added.
President Lungu observed that for a long time the country has continued to see the church thrive at the helm of promoting peace and unity across political divides, adding that this should continue.
On national dialogue, the President advised the church to present itself as a guiding institution in the dialogue process without choosing a side, as this will defeat the purpose of national dialogue.
And president Lungu had also commended CCZ for taking centre stage in shaping societies through the implementation of various programs in communities.
He noted that the commitment shown by the church towards the provision of quality health care services to the people, especially in rural areas and also in building capacity in disaster risk reduction and climate change management.
And Minister of National Guidance and Religious Affairs Godfridah Sumaili said that the theme for this year ‘s national day of prayer could not have come at a better time than now when the church and government is supposed to walk, pray and work together.
Ms Sumaili has also called on people countrywide to observe the day of national prayer which falls on the October 18th, and turn up in good numbers to worship God.
This year’s national day of prayer will be celebrated under the theme “facing the future as a reconciled, united and prosperous nation, under God’s guidance”
But Council of Churches in Zambia (CCZ) President Alfred Kalembo said the church mother body will continue partnering with government in promoting of peace and unity in the country.
Reverend Kalembo assured government that CCZ will remain committed to the delivery of social services to the people especially in rural parts of the country.