President Edgar Lungu joined hundreds of Christians at the National House of Prayer grounds today to pray for the country as Zambians prepare to vote in four days.
President Lungu, a patron of Partners in Mission Works, also toured the National House of Prayer construction site shortly after praying for the country.
The Head of State was escorted to the prayer service by Secretary to Cabinet Simon Miti, Service Chiefs, and other top government officials to pray for peace and security before, during, and after the August 12 presidential and general elections.
Partners in Mission Works coordinated the prayers, which included singing, preaching, and prayer points from clergy and traditional leaders.
Lusaka Diocese Catholic Archbishop Alick Banda underlined in his sermon from Matthew 6 verse 33 that peace is an attribute of God before it becomes a human endeavour.
Bishop Banda has therefore called on the general citizenry to learn to forgive and embrace unity at all times.
He underscored that those instigating violence for political or ritual expedience should halt such brutal acts.
“We are not asking but directing those who instigate violence for political or ritual reasons to stop and see every person as their brother, sister or child. We are calling for the end of violence of any kind today for us to continue having a better Zambia,” the Bishop stressed.
And Pentecostal Assemblies of God Overseer Joshua Banda said in his sermon taken from the book of Psalms 133, said the nation should continue looking to God for security.
Bishop Banda stated that all 16 presidential candidates, as well as those running for local government and legislative seats, should seek to be ambassadors of peace and unity in the country.
He predicted that there will be peace following the August 12 elections, adding that the 15 presidential candidates should honour the winner.
The sermons were preceded by testimonies from delegations from Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of the Congo about the consequences of divisiveness.
The duo, who are former refugees, recollected how they left all what they laboured in their countries as a result of the Genocide of 1994 in Rwanda and the civil war in the DRC.
They have since urged the general populace in Zambia to guard the peace jealously.
Meanwhile, the Forum of Traditional Leaders in Africa observed that people should co-exist to foster national peace and unity.
Traditional Leaders Forum member chief Chikanta stated that violence has no room in a country like Zambia that has been peaceful since 1964.
Chief Chikanta has meanwhile called on the registered voters to choose leaders that are credible, reliable and ambassadors of peace.
“We should all condemn violence and do not give room to divisions based on one’s political affiliation, region, tribe or colour. We are all one and we all heard how violence degenerates into war in other countries. I pray for peace, unity and prosperity of our nation, before and beyond August 12th polls,” Chief Chikanta emphasized.
The Big Sunday church service at the National House of Prayer, was held under the theme, ‘peace and security before, during and after August 12, general elections’.