Thursday, June 13, 2024

New Heritage Party Disappointed with UPND’s “Useless” Remark on Day of Prayer


The New Heritage Party, the opposition in Zambia, expressed disappointment with a comment made by the ruling United Party for National Development (UPND), labeling the Day of National Prayer as “useless.” The Heritage Party President, Chishala Kateka, called on the UPND administration to provide Zambians with a “useful” alternative to the Day of Prayer.

In a statement release yesterday, Ms. Kateka elaborated on her concerns and emphasized the importance of the Day of National Prayer for the nation. She stated, “A video has gone viral where the Day of National Prayer has been described as ‘useless’. The UPND administration, as all Zambians, is of course entitled to their opinion. However, we wish to remind the UPND administration that Zambia is a Christian Nation as enshrined in the preamble to no less than the Constitution of Zambia.”

Ms. Kateka highlighted the challenging living conditions faced by many Zambians and the need for divine intervention. She quoted 2 Chronicles 7:14, a well-known biblical passage, stating, “With the very tough living conditions being faced by Zambians, we at the New Heritage Party, as well as the majority of Zambians, need God just to make it to the next day. We are very alive to the scripture that says, ‘If my people who are called by my name humble themselves, and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land.'”

The Heritage Party leader further stressed the significance of Christianity as the foundation of Zambia’s national philosophy and identity. She compared it to the previous embrace of Humanism, stating, “It is important to note that the very heart of our new philosophy or world view as the nation of Zambia is Christianity, whereas previously, the country embraced Humanism.”

Ms. Kateka posed thought-provoking questions about the ruling party’s stance on the country’s Christian identity, saying, “What does that comment, coming from the Party in power, say about our stance as a Christian Nation? Should we be expecting a policy shift in this regard? We are very alive to the fact that when a change in policy is intended to be made, those in power throw out feelers to test the waters. Could this very careless statement, in fact, be such a feeler? How can observing one (1) day out of three hundred and sixty-five (365) days to honor our God be seen as ‘useless’?”

Expressing her disappointment with the UPND’s alleged insult towards a priest, Ms. Kateka cited a biblical passage to illustrate her point, stating, “Is this why the UPND feels emboldened to insult a Priest that was merely giving sound advice regarding what people are looking to hear as opposed to what was presented? The Bible puts it this way, ‘From the abundance of the heart, the mouth speaks.’ This statement clearly reveals the heart of the UPND.”

Ms. Kateka concluded her statement by emphasizing the commitment of Zambians to prayer despite the circumstances, saying, “If the UPND administration, being in very comfortable circumstances, chooses not to pray to God, Zambians choose to humble themselves before God’s mighty hand and pray for His deliverance for the nation.”


  1. Ms. Kateka quoted 2 Chronicles 7:14, a well-known biblical passage, ‘If my people who are called by my name humble themselves, and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land.’” Have you done that?
    Ms. Kateka, Remember 1 Timothy 2:1-2 to pray For Those in Authority.
    “I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession, and thanksgiving be made for all people — for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness.
    Don’t quote the Bible to suit your evil desires.

    • When UPND leaves power, the 18th October Prayer Day can still continue. The Supreme Ruler allocates time and chance to (and for) any Earthly rulership.
      They pack up when time is up, like others did in the past before them.

  2. The UPND are not Christians. People that support vices like homosexuality are not Christians. All they are doing is to find a weakness in the Zambians so that the agendas of their pay masters are introduced.

    • So having one day of prayer is a sign of christanity…your vatican supports homosexuality so they are not christians? Really laughable the bible encouraged slavery what do you make of that.
      Wake from your docility and gullibility!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Who are you to judge other Zambians and declare them as not Christians? Christianity is a personal relationship with God through Jesus Christ. The Bible speaks about this in Matthew 6:1 “Beware of practicing your righteousness before other people in order to be seen by them, for then you will have no reward from your Father who is in heaven.

  3. This shouldn’t surprise anyone. Remember when I told you that hh and upnd are mere satanists. The lying boy hh is a well known member of freemas0n cuIts. They are even deliberately turning blind eye to gay acts.

  4. I neither support or oppose the day of prayer but I wouldn’t call it useless. Their people who believe in it and we must respect their beliefs. If the Upnd don’t want the idea, they are in power and have the to scrap it. Let’s be mature.

  5. A country in decline because of previous maladminstration
    What really does a day of pray do ?
    we need to concentrate on productive manhours
    and not worshipping a pulpit..
    Useless indeed

  6. Yes, its an utterly USELESS DAY why dont we have a day of clean up or a day to help the poor/neighbor/community or a day to plant a tree!!

  7. Yes its a USELESS DAY I know some of you are reading this when you have come from your church prayers. You know here in England Sunday is the only day I see most black people with a book under their arm pits and coming together. Tell them you have a meeting to build up black businesses and togetherness no one will turn up. You know that the bible is the only book translated in African languages…I am yet to see a science or business book translated.
    Wake up from your docility people!!!

  8. She has joined my list of useless politicians………

    Ati devine intervention will deliver us ???

    Tell your followers to instead work harder……

    Even the white people who shoved Christianity down your throats know not to waiste a day’s work , apart from Sunday, on a useless day like that…………

  9. The national day of prayer is very USELESS that it got done away with by the New Dawn.
    The useless PowerPoint graphical H-H press conference is so idolised by UPND because it is coming from their president to which all must give homages. No one, even Salangeta or Mpundu should talk ill about it.
    Mostly, we put so much faith and power in the president that he can change anything. Kaunda Day was declared by Lungu, so was the Prayer Day. It’s H-H’s prerogative to drop or pop it. Even the 6th President’s Office is not recognized in Zambia because H-H is not happy with it. Since 1964, I see Zambian presidents gliding above institutions and constitutions and shan being checked.

  10. The New Heritage Party, the opposition in Zambia,
    Oh I see. They are the opposition in Zambia??? And PF? NDP? Socialist Party? EFF? They are ruling parties?

  11. During the day of prayer and fasting Zambia used to become alive with the glory of GOD , but now Zambia is as dead as the graveyard , deaths in churches have become the order of the day especially in the SDA church we know something has gone wrong in the spiritual world , no wondersome one is insulting the one who gives him the air to breath but no one knows when that air will be withdrawn from him.

  12. I follow the teachings of Christ. I dont support the national day of prayer. Nowhere did Christ ask for people to do this. You have to seek God on your own. Why do people want others to join them before they can believe they are on the right path? Lack of confidence? You dont join a religion because all your neighbors have joined it. It is a personal conviction and as such Presidents shouldnt force people into their religions. Mwanawasa was rumoured to have been following an oriental religion- should we have joined him compulsorily?

  13. We will have the National Prayers Day after the UPND have reached their end of days. We can’t force it on them now. Their rulership is exhaustive. Their scheduled timeline will expire soon.

  14. The only useless thing about the National day of prayer is that it’s been politicised, I see nothing wrong with a Nation praying together.

    • They shouldnt be forced to do this via Presidential edicts that havent been agreed uponby the entire nation

  15. It’s true that day of prayer is useless and a waste of time just like the ministry of religious affairs. Instead of being productive people are busy drinking because it’s a paid public holiday. If you really need to commemorate it then it can still be done as other days which are not public holidays such as world aids day, mothers day, world heritage day, etc etc.

  16. Under the UPND there has been a revival of a number of things among the them real hunger in the country and of course paganism, hatred and the country has no direction under Hakainde. Flying around by Hakainde is one such that has been revived. Hakainde used to call his friend Kumwenda munjila, he has become Kamwendo mu Jet. Shame

  17. kkkkkkkk ”USELESS” God uses the useless things of this world to confound the world.What happened to TITANIC will always be remembered and also what happened to the Beetles,they despised God and were are they,only the fool says there is no God.Let God be God and man man period.Just wait and see, no one can fight God. mmmmmm yayayayay mmmmm i am even afraid mmmmm useless day of prayer mmmm .

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