ARMY Commander Lieutenant General William Sikazwe says there is 100 per cent patriotism to the good order of the country and loyalty to the Republican President and Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces Edgar Lungu, among all military personnel in Zambia.
Speaking at Holy Saviour Parish in Kafue when he delivered a speech during the thanksgiving mass for Bishop Dr Moses Hamungole, Lt Gen Sikazwe asked all Christians and people of goodwill to continue praying for peace and harmony in the country.
He further asked for unceasing prayers for President Lungu and all leaders in the country so that they continue to lead the nation with divine wisdom and the will of God.
“Your Lordship, I bring fraternal greetings and wishes of good will to you, to the people of Kafue and to the people in your Diocese, Monze, from His Excellency President Dr Edgar Chagwa Lungu,” Lt Gen Sikazwe told the Bishop, priests, religious men and women, and hundreds of Christians and well-wishers who had gathered for Bishop Hamungole’s thanksgiving mass in Kafue.
“I thank President Lungu, our Commander-In-Chief for authorising me to travel from Lusaka so that I come and pray with you today in Kafue,” he said.
Lt Gen Sikazwe took the opportunity to recognise the work that Bishop Hamungole had done in Zambia and other parts of the world during his 25 years of service as a Catholic priest.
Bishop Hamungole has served as director of Yatsani Radio in Lusaka, Director of Vatican Radio (English and Swahili Service) in Rome Italy, Communications Director at the Association of Member Episcopal Conferences of East Africa (AMECEA) and is currently serving as Chairperson of the Communications Division of the Zambia Council of Catholic Bishops.
At the same event, Lt Gen Sikazwe also thanked Simon Hamungole (late) and Sofiah Hamungole for making the sacrifice of allowing their intelligent son, Bishop Dr Moses Hamungole, to serve God as a Catholic Priest.
“My Lord Bishop, I want to state in the presence of my fellow Christians here that, as Army Commander, I remain patriotic and will be loyal at all times to His Excellency, The President and Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces, Dr Edgar Chagwa Lungu, and to the people of Zambia,” Lt Gen Sikazwe said.
The Army Commander also led the congregation in singing a Bemba song of praise and life.
In his thanksgiving speech, Bishop Hamungole said his Silver Jubilee was a moment to thank the Lord and remember people who greatly contributed to his life and formation such as his late friend Fr. Davis Nsama, his baptisan and the first Parish Priest for Holy Saviour Fr Joseph Parolo, and his sponsor to the seminary Fr Edy Cremonesi.
The Bishop also took the opportunity to thank late Archbishop of Lusaka Adrian Mung’andu, late Medardo Cardinal Mazombwe, retired Archbishop of Lusaka Telesphore Mpundu, and current Archbishop of Lusaka Dr Alick Banda, adding that, “thanksgiving is a moment with the Lord and my encounters with these men and many religious sisters and people of God has helped me to be where I am today.”
“All Christians belong to one family of God and should pray for each other and stand together,” he said.
Bishop Hamungole took the opportunity to appeal to the congregation for financial assistance for the construction of a new cathedral for Monze Diocese to be called, Holy Trinity Cathedral.
The congregants responded to the call for donations and took turns to shake hands with the Bishop.
Bishop Dr. Hamungole, 52, was born on May 1, 1967.
He was baptised by late Fr. Joseph Parolo in October 1978.
He was confirmed by former Catholic Archbishop of Lusaka, Emmanuel Milingo, in 1981.
Bishop Hamungole did his primary school at Shikoswe in Kafue and then proceeded to do his Secondary School at Kafue Boys in Kafue and Mukasa Minor Seminary in Choma.
After completing secondary school, he proceeded to Mpima Major Seminary in Kabwe where he obtained a Diploma in Philosophy.
He then proceeded to do a degree in Theological and Religious Studies at St. Dominic’s Major Seminary in Lusaka.
Bishop Hamungole was ordained priest in July 1994 by late Lusaka Archbishop Adrian Mung’andu.
He obtained his first Master’s Degree at Gregorian University in Rome, Italy, in 2002 and then proceeded to obtain a second Master’s Degree (Media Studies) at Leuven Catholic University, Belgium, in 2008.
He acquired a Doctor of Philosophy (Media Studies) at Leuven Catholic University, Belgium, in 2015.
Pope Francis appointed him as Monze Diocese Bishop on February 10, 2014.
Bishop Hamungole oversees the affairs of close to 500,000 Catholics in Monze Diocese.
This is according to Lewis Mwila, secretary, Holy Saviour Parish, Kafue.