ZAMBIA: PASTORS ’ FELLOWSHIP BACKS PRESIDENT LUNGU’S CALL FOR PRAYERS

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By Bright Chikele:
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The Kalabo Pastors’ Fellowship has welcomed President Edgar Lungu’s call for a day of prayer before elections and has since called on all political parties taking part to respond positively.
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And the fellowship has welcomed the Electoral Commission of Zambia (ECZ)’s move to suspend campaigns in Lusaka and Namwala due to escalating political violence I in the districts.
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Speaking in an interview with ZANIS today, Pastors’ Fellowship vice chairperson, Mayumbelo Muyunda, noted that religious leaders have done very little in terms of offering spiritual guidance to politicians hence the perpetuated violence
Pastor Muyunda, who is also Apostolic Faith Overseer, explained that the non- violence sermons that have been preached in churches have not yielded the much-desired results.
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The religious leader attributed lack of resources for pastors to go out in the community to preach peace before, during and after elections as a contributing factor to the recent political violence.
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He has called on all political parties to rally behind President Lungu’s decision to have a day of prayers before elections as the country needs God to intervene, adding that prayers are expected to come from the Church.
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Meanwhile, Pastor Muyunda has commended the ECZ for suspending campaigns in Lusaka and Namwala due to violence that has characterised the two districts.
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He said he is happy that ECZ has demonstrated that it is an independent entity which does not favour any political party, adding that the development is a move in the right direction.
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Pastor Muyunda noted that there is no problem with the move taken as the ECZ is acting within its powers and the steps taken should serve as a warning to would-be offenders.
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Yesterday, the ECZ slapped a ten-day suspension of all political activities in Lusaka and Namwala districts due to violence.
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President Lungu, whilst in Siavonga, said the country should have a day of prayers before elections for God’s intervention.

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