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Hichilema calls for national unity as Zambians observe national day of prayer


President Hakainde Hichilema has called on Zambians to maintain an attitude of prayer at all times.

Hichilema said prayer was important as it enabled citizens to seek God’s favour.

He said this in a speech read on his behalf by Vice President, Mutale Nalumango, during commemorations to mark National day of prayer, fasting and reconciliation in Lusaka on Wednesday.

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Hichilema said his administration believed in Christianity and prayer.

The President said as a Christian nation, Zambia must continue to be prayerful.

“We appeal to all citizens to remain steadfast in prayer, maintain national unity and hard work,” Hichilema said.

The Head of State also called on the church to continue engaging government on issues of concern.

He said government would not relent in creating cordial relationship with the church.

“We must always stand together as one for the good of our country in line with our national motto ‘One Zambia, One Nation’,” Hichilema said.

Speaking at the same event, Organising Committee Chairperson, Esther Jani, described the occasion as important because it was in line with Zambia’s declaration as a Christian nation.

Jani also stressed the importance of prayer saying it was the cornerstone of peace and development.

She also called on the nation to stay united irrespective of tribe and political affiliation.

“Prayer is necessary for building unity and peace, above all…accessing divine information therefore pray without ceasing,” Jani said.

Speaking during a homily, Independent Churches of Zambia (ICOZ), David Masupa. urged citizens to put God first.

“When you build a house, unless you build it with God, those that build without prayer build in vain,” Bishop Masupa said.

Meanwhile, the occasion which was attended by hundreds of people was graced by different choirs from various denominations leading praise and worship while a host of clergy offered numerous prayers for the nation.

In attendance were ordinary citizens and other dignatries that included Minister of Local Government, Gary Nkombo, Minister of Small and Medium Enterprise Development, Elias Mubanga, and Minister of Energy, Peter Kapala, were in attendance.

Others are former Vice President, Enoch Kavindele, former First Lady, Esther Lungu, former ruling party PF officials Given Lubinda and Emmanuel Mwamba among others.

Political leaders like Citizens First president Harry Kalaba and Golden Party leader Jackson Silavwe were also in attendance.

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