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Continue adhering to the COVID-19 guidelines, Religious Affairs urges the Church

General News Continue adhering to the COVID-19 guidelines, Religious Affairs urges the Church

Minister of National Guidance and Religious Affairs Rev. Godfridah Sumaili has encouraged the church in Zambia to continue adhering to the COVID-19 guidelines.

Speaking when she met the clergy of Kasama and Lunte District respectively Rev. Sumaili said government is aware of the negative impact the covid-19 pandemic has posed on the church and other sectors of the economy.

She said it is for that reason that government through His. Excellency President Edgar Chagwa lungu has decided to launch a 50 million Kwacha empowerment scheme to help cushion the impact posed by the pandemic.

Rev. Sumaili added that government realizes that Church, Religious and Faith-Based organisations have the capacity to contribute to the economy and build resilience amongst them.

She encouraged the churches in Northern and Muchinga Province to form cooperatives and access funds to help the hard hit churches in the remote areas of the country.
She said government wants to see the projects and programs run by the churches that have been impacted revived.

Rev. Sumaili however reminded the church to demonstrate transparency, accountability and integrity as they access and disburse the funds.

And Evangelical Fellowship of Zambia Muchinga representative Pastor Tom Taima has thanked President Edgar Lungu for remembering to empower the church.

Pastor Taima said the church is excited to see that President Lungu has fulfilled his promise to the church and hoped funds could be disbursed soon to enable the church get back on track.

Pastor Taima however pledged that the church will remain faithful and use the funds for the intended purpose.

10 COMMENTS

  1. WELL SPOKEN BUT REALLY IF THE PRESIDENT IS SEEN WITHOUT A MASK CAUSE HE’S HAD THE VACCINE
    WHAT ARE PEOPLE SUPPOSED TO THINK
    AGAIN GOVERNMENT PRACTICING DOUBLE STANDARDS

  2. PF time out!

    There’s always a lack of consistency in matters of National Guidance and Religious Affairs.

    “Taxation without representation is tyranny.”

    When he comes to COVID-19 there is neither Jew nor Gentile?

    “The COVID-19 Pandemic has led to an unprecedented health and social crisis. We can all contribute to limiting Covid-19’s transmission and impact. BLUMORPHO, EuroScan international network and co-operation partners decided to offer their resources…”

    PF time out.

  3. Keep your lane iwe. Let health professionals talk about health issues.
    You are supposed to talk about corruption of giving out cash and bicycles

  4. Tikki for a second time, I am forced to agree with you. Though a lot of times you say some obtuse, unfounded things. The minister here has spoken wisely. Even if the church is tax exempt, someone needs to always audit them; crooks are everywhere in Zambia.

  5. Thank you for the guidance. Those found to be non compliant will face the law. We are tired of warning people about rules they are already aware of. Ba police start whlping those who are perpetually breaking the rules

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  6. Please disband this ministry which is a drain on our coffers. Please make it a directorate under Ministry of community development. Salvation is personal and does not require a ministry.

  7. What are the measurables for this ministry. People are donating in a very suspicious manner to un suspecting churches and this ministry is quiet, therefore what is it there for, if it cant speak for uprightness.

  8. If covid-19 is real it should wipe out all Tanzanians, because they are still not wearing masks nor practicing social-distancing

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