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Lungu thanks HH and the UPND Government for recognizing and respecting the national day of prayer

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Former President Edgar Chagwa Lungu has thanked President Hakainde Hichilema and the UPND Government for recognizing and respecting the national day of prayer, fasting, repentance and reconciliation.

Zambia on Tuesday, 18th October, 2022 commemorated the national day of prayer, fasting, repentance and reconciliation countrywide.

Republican Vice President Mutale Nalumango led people in commemorating the main event held in Lusaka.

This is the second time the national day of prayer, fasting, repentance and reconciliation is being commemorating under the UPND Government.

When attending Holy Mass at Lusaka’s Mtendere Mary Queen of Peace Catholic Parish on Tuesday, the former Head of State said he was grateful to President Hichilema and his Government for maintaining the day.

Mr. Lungu introduced the national day of prayer, fasting, repentance and reconciliation seven years ago and made the day a public holiday.

The charismatic leader told fellow worshipers that he was happy that the Day has continued to be observed.

Mr. Lungu was accompanied to Church by his former presidential running mate in the 2021 General Elections Prof. Nkandu Luo, former Home Affairs Minister Stephen Kampyongo, former Mines Minister Richard Musukwa and several other PF officials.

‘Firstly, I greet all of you. How are you? Secondly, I want to confess that I did not come here to make any statement at all but that I should thank the persistence or ulunkonena from one Honourable Nkandu Luo for forcing me to say something. If it wasn’t for her persuasion I would have just opted to go away without saying anything,” Mr. Lungu said.

“Since I have been asked to say something, I will say my gratitude today is to President Hakainde Hichilema and UPND for recognizing and respecting this day and allow all of us to continue worshipping and praying on the 18th of October each year. To you my brother I say God bless you.I am saying this because people were expecting Lungu to say this, Lungu to say that,” he said.

“Today, it’s for all of us to recognize that we humble ourselves, go before the Lord and seek his face in repentance. God will surely bless us. So, I also want to emphasize that there is nothing special about being President. Just like I was President, Honourable Hakainde Hichilema has become His Excellence the President. God works through all of us and none of us is special. We cannot restrict God’s work or desire through space and time of personalities.God will surely work through whosoever he choose to use. And I think I have already spoken enough aiini? God bless you all. Thank you,” Mr.Lungu concluded.

Meanwhile, in Ndola selected residents and members of the clergy joined the rest of the country in observing the national day of prays , fasting, repentance and Reconciliation at Levy Mwanawasa Stadium.

The residents, clergy and gospel singers braved the scorching sun to participate in prayers , and fasting being held at Levy Mwanawasa Stadium in Ndola.

Speaking on behalf of the organizing committee , Bishop Francis Mumba urged the people to actively participate in prayers and worship adding that Zambia is on the path of restoration.

The clergy also hailed the declaration of Zambia as a christian nation and highlighted its significance.

In Kitwe, District Commissioner Lawrence Mwanza in his keynote speech as guest of honour emphasized the importance of peace to the country’s developmental agenda

Mr . Mwanza said without peace and unity there can be no sustainable development.

He further called on all Zambian citizens to invest in the country’s economy and take advantage of various empowerment initiatives that the New Dawn government is offering.

In Kitwe the national day of prayer, fasting and reconciliation was held at Oasis of Love Church in Nkana West – under the theme, “Promoting National Unity, Peace and Integration for A Prosperous Zambia through Hard Work”.

In his opening remarks, organising committee chairperson Bishop Raddy Lewilla, underscored the importance of the national day of prayer fasting and reconciliation to the prosperity of Zambia.

Bishop Lewilla said the day gives Zambia an opportunity to renew it’s relationship with God and thank him for his interventions especially in times of pandemics like Covid-19.

In a sermon, Pastor Boyd Muwowo from the Seventh-Day Adventist Church – Nkana Mission District , called for the preservation of peace that exists in Zambia.

Pastor Muwowo said Zambia can not develop nor prosper without peace, charging that peace is an important subject of every society.

Meanwhile, Chililabombwe District Commissioner Precious Njekwa led the celebration with a call on Zambians to continue upholding peace.

Ms.Njekwa warned citizens against taking for granted the peace and unity Zambia enjoys since Independence.

In her speech during the commemoration of the National Day of Prayer, Fasting, Repentance and Reconciliation held at Chililabombwe Secondary School, Ms.Njekwa regretted that some people are fond of propagating divisions in the country especially in politics.

20 COMMENTS

  1. Ecl is the greatest president this country has been fortunate to have. Even after all the persecutions from hh, he continues to show decorum and respect for the evil hh. He makes hh look so bad.

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  2. “….i will say my gratitude today is to President Hakainde Hichilema and UPND for recognizing and respecting this day and allow all of us to continue worshipping and praying on the 18th of October each….”

    You even banned HH from attending funerals ………….especially the funeral of the late KK………you banned HH from attending.

    You did not allow him and the UPND free movement in most of zambia

    You are a hypocrite without shame………

  3. “….i will say my gratitude today is to President Hakainde Hichilema and UPND for recognizing and respecting this day and allow all of us to continue worshipping and praying on the 18th of October each….”

    You even banned HH from attending funerals ………….especially the funeral of the late KK………

    You are a hypocrite without shame………

  4. You even banned HH from attending funerals ………….especially the funeral of the late KK………

    You are a hypocrite without shame………

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  5. Pray and fast all you want. The reality is if we do not practice ubuntu amongst ourselves we are doing that in vain. The bottom line is that religion is fashioned to further drive us against one another if we are not mindful of the underlying importance of what it means to be both human and humane. Happy Ubuntu YEAR ahead, folks.

    • 1. Religion is not fashioned to further drive us against one another. That’s a serious misconception. It’s the human mind that is a problem. It’s individuals who use religion to divide people for personal gains or the hate of another person. The word religion means – that which is of the heart – that is peaceful, loving, harmonious, joyful. All religions such as Christianity, Islam, Judaism, Hindu, and Buddhist.. are all derived from one motive. Love, Peace, Joy, Harmony for humans.

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    • 2. It’s the same with people who say – ” Money Is The Root of All Evil.” It’s not. It’s the human mind that will use money for *Greed & *Evil. Money is support system that you get for providing a product or service to the market place. Money is an idea. A symbol of exchange.

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    • 2. It’s the same – with people who say – “Money Is The Root of All Evil.” It’s not. It’s the human mind that will use money to create *Greed & *Evil. Money is support system that you get for providing a product or service to the market place. Money is an idea. A symbol of exchange.

    • @4 Kalok

      Which religious book have you read that informed you that the scripts are written to divide or make us turn against one another? Stop this nonsense if you have never sat down and read the bible. Sometimes it is better to stay away from matters you don’t know……….

      @4.1 INDEPENDENT OBSERVER…. Thank you for educating these conspiracist……….

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    • Ba Kalok (4)

      That Ubuntu you are talking was actually written in the Bible some 7,000 years ago.
      Show us a book in the world where one can go and read about Ubuntu apart from what is in the bible.
      I agree with # Independent Observer for correcting you.

  6. As long as it remains on Government gazette as a holiday, every sitting President has an obligation to observe it. However, this declaration was made for the narrow interest of propping up your dwindling fortunes and that’s why you only consulted a few selected individuals, probably Christians for Lungu. And I hope that HH won’t be blackmailed into accepting this date. Let there be consensus on national matters. Otherwise this day can be scrapped off from the gazette and we’ll not regret. If it were in national interest then why are you expressing gratitude to the UPND?

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  7. Totally unnecessary holiday . It should be abolished.
    The humanism week in the KK era yielded better and more tangible outcomes.
    1) Schools and health institutions were cleaned
    2)School Desks and chairs were repaired
    3)Garbage in the streets was removed.
    4) Trees were planted….etc

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  8. 1. ELC is not a charismatic leader. I don’t know where you get this from.
    2. The picture above of the two women together is encouraging to see.

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  9. 1. PLEASE MOVE THIS DAY OF NATIONAL PRAYERS TO EITHER SATURDAY, SUNDAY OR ANYOTHER PUBLIC HOLIDAY, THAT WOULD BE FAIR
    2. THE DECLARATION OF ZAMBIA AS A CHRISTIAN NATION
    WHAT IS CHRISTIANITY???
    Christianity is a religion that is based on the teachings of Jesus Christ and the belief that he was the son of God.

  10. I don’t know why people are celebrating this ridiculous declaration that was clearly meant to take the lord’s name in vain meaning! It was like Chiluba, an un repetent stinking thief and womanizer declaring Zambia as a so-called Christian Nation! To date, we remain the only ridiculous Christian Nation in the whole world. Now a top Chakolwa Kaminamisa declares a new holiday called “the national day of prayer, fasting, repentance and reconciliation” and some gullible Zambians are uplauding. During that day, Lungu was buys chewing his eSWATINI whole adulterously while swallowing gallons of Jameson, arresting HH on tramped up charges and also swallowing vimbombo vya bakoswe. Fuseki, you can keep the day to yourself, lyangunu tuni!

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  11. The events that have been taking place over the last 10 years make it very clear that we really need two or three viable political parties in Zambia. Lungu has shown maturity and statesmanship of higher level by not shunning the day of prayers. Given the behaviour of his colleague while in opposition one can safely say ECL has shown higher level maturity.

  12. 6 u are a bad person and a tribal inclined human being. Your comments are always biased and u are antichristian

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