President EDGAR LUNGU says he will not be discouraged by the backlash from some religious circles in assisting the church.
Speaking when a delegation from the Christian Coalition called on him at state house in Lusaka today, President LUNGU said he will NOT accept that the fund should be a source of conflict between the state and the church.
He said the Patriotic Front -PF- Government has been helping the church from the time it assumed power and that he had affirmed when assuming office that he will work in partnership with the church.
President LUNGU further bemoaned accusations of riding on the popularity of the church to win the August 12 polls.
He called on church leaders who have issues with the Covid fund to go back to the Ministry responsible for the disbursement of the fund and air their grievances.
President LUNGU said he will NOT get involved in the wrangles over the Covid fund for churches and will leave it to the church to decide.
He said some churches have been opposing all Government programmes but that he will not be derailed by such sentiments.
The Head of State further affirmed that he will continue to work with the church as the members are the ones who would suffer if Government stops assisting the church.
And the President urged the clergy to encourage their flock to saturate the political landscape so that the country gets the best leaders.
He said the country wants leaders who will be true to the calling of politics and who are willing to serve others regardless of where they come from.
Meanwhile, Christian Coalition president CHARLES MWAPE pledged the support of the coalition for the continued leadership of President LUNGU.
Professor MWAPE said the Coalition has been urging church members to vote for President LUNGU to ensure the protection of the Declaration of Zambia as a Christian nation and the National Day of Prayer and Fasting.