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President Hichilema thanks Catholic Church for good doctrine

General News President Hichilema thanks Catholic Church for good doctrine

President Hakainde Hichilema has thanked the Catholic Church for its doctrine that does not only emphasise spiritual guidance but also encompasses economic direction and social issues.

President Hichilema said peace and unity can only be secured through engagement between government and the church.

The President said this today when he hosted a Catholic Mass at State House.

“I do love reading myself and what the doctrine of the Catholic Church stands for is more than just spiritual guidance but also economic and social issues,” the President said.

He emphasised the need for collaboration between government and the church in order to foster peace and unity in the country.

“I wish to state that with the church, with Christ amidst us, we can assure our nation, our people of peace, we can assure our people of unity,” he stated.

Catholic Mass at State House
Catholic Mass at State House

And in his homily, Archbishop Telesphore Mpundu, the former Archbishop of Lusaka, said Mass and Eucharist were a celebration of God’s mercies.

“We are celebrating ourselves as a Zambian nation after a tough road in the campaigns to elect our leaders,” he said.

Bishop Mpundu said Zambians were peaceful people hence they refused to be divided on tribal lines and on the way the national resources was shared.

He has since urged the new administration to meet the basic needs of an ordinary Zambian.

He said basic needs were a backbone that holds society together and makes it thrive.

Bishop Mpundu observed that it would be a shameless lie for Zambians to claim Christians if the weakest citizens are neglected.

“It is how we behave towards one another that makes us a Christian nation,” Bishop Mpundu said.

Catholic Mass at State House
Catholic Mass at State House

Meanwhile, Mary Immaculate Parish Council Chairperson Reuben Lifuka thanked President Hichilema for inviting the Catholic Church to hold Mass at State House.

Mr. Lifuka has since called for continued liaison between the presidency and the church.

“We want to believe that under your leadership, the country can get stronger and more united and more progressive,” he said.

The Mass was attended by First Lady Mutinta Hichilema, the first family’s three children Miyanda, Habwela and Chikonka, Vice President Mutale Nalumango, Secretary to the Cabinet Simon Miti, Deputy Secretary to Cabinet Patrick Kangwa, senior ruling United Party for National Development (UPND) party officials and some other government officials.

The stately celebratory Mass was characterized by music from the Mary Immaculate Parish Choir.


  1. Very Good. Continue the right path to unite the country. Deeds will define what we are and not pronouncements of Christian Country. The humble pretenders will be shamed in due course of time.

  2. Pleas enough of church ……..its time to work.

    People now know those day of national prayers won’t feed them or provide jobs……

  3. By Sean Tembo – PeP President

    1. Political violence is still very rampant by UPND cadres especially in compounds.
    2. UPND cadres are collecting money from about 90% of stations and markets across the country.
    3. Buses belonging to political opponents are not allowed to operate in stations.
    4. Appointments are chaotic and haphazard with little regard to the rule of law.
    5. No differentiation between affairs of the State and affairs of the UPND Party.
    6. Reverse tribalism as witnessed during inauguration.
    7. Paying lip service to key issues during press briefings while no action on the ground
    8. Disrespect for the opposition – Alliance spokesperson refers to the opposition as useless and bitter, barely a month in office…

  4. By Sean Tembo – PeP President

    9. No tangible plan for turning around the economy other than borrowing money from the IMF
    10. Fake Christianity as evidenced by going to church twice, on Saturday and Sunday, in one weekend.

  5. When he was in opposition he was very unpatriotic and antichrist and now he has become a pastor….hypocrite….please start working on Job creation not going round in circles with church this church that…how much is cement and how much is a bag of melie meal…this should be your concern

  6. Boring president. He has no respect for Catholic because if he did he would not make official announcements on a Sunday, which is a sabbath for Catholics. He only cares about himself being sda

  7. Hichilema is putting all those hypocrites to shame doing exactly opposite to what they preached about him…I wonder where those crooks Godfriah and her church of crooks are after stealing and eating taxpayers funds.

  8. Look at the UK based impostor it didnt even read the whole article simply rushing to comment…read the whole article those days of laziness are long gone…deal with it now and pull up your socks…really laughable!!

    No more dancing Presidents whilst the economy is in a downward spiral … its serious work now!!

  9. The Cadre at correctional service who said he would allow ruling party only to campaign in prisons and not the opposition is still in his job

  10. Saulosi – When he was in opposition he didnt have the media following him …did they ever go to his house over the weekends or follow him to church? You believed the PF propaganda machine of Sunday Chanda & Anthony Mwanza and you are being put to shame…

  11. This weekend was very necessary to hold church services. Fact is Zambians love religion, would have been a blunder had he just locked himself in the office with advisers. It’s only been a week. Dr Musokotwane is already working. The basics first and then onto the next. Finance minister and service chiefs sorted.

  12. Hahahaha @ Spaka President HH will start promising Zambians a better life in heaven after death…just like Pastors….” you can suffer here on earth buy your reward is in heaven”…….kikikikiki FORWARD FORWARD FORWARDED….and soon it will be load shedding season…Cement is still expensive…melie meal is still expensive and sellers are refusing to reduce….my construction project is now on hold…..i had 6 youths working but now I have to let them go…with the manipulated exchange rate I can’t afford them

  13. Mr. President the next slot for state house prayers should be for Jehovah’s witnesses. For the first time in the history of this country, we came out in numbers to vote for change. Give us that opportunity to minister to you and the Zambian people from state house .

  14. At least HH is making good use of State House …its not a beer garden for the likes of Smiling moron Freedom Sikawze, Bowman, Real KZ and Co.

  15. flag Corruption scandals: 48 Houses Social Security Cash Luxury Presidential Jet Ambulances Fire Trucks Mukula Trees Ndola-Lusaka Rd Malawi Maizegate Fuelgate Swaziland landgate Zesco Loans Honeybee

    I don’t like this cozy relationship between the President and the Church… what’s up with all the fascination? I’m a Christian myself but even I know that there should be total Separation between Government and the Church… ours is a secular form of govt that is meant to govern for all people, religious and non-believers. Let the Church go and preach and find the Lost Soul and not hanging around in luxury of State House.

  16. @2. “Pleas enough of church ……..its time to work.

    People now know those day of national prayers won’t feed them or provide jobs……”
    Spaka rilo! at shani???? …hahahahahaha….enough church….

  17. Statement like these coming from a leader are disturbing.

    “President Hichilema said peace and unity can only be secured through engagement between government and the church.”-LT

    “The five freedoms it protects: speech, religion, press, assembly, and the right to petition the government. Together, these five guaranteed freedoms make the people of the United States of America the freest in the world.”

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