ANGLICAN Diocese of Eastern Zambia Bishop William Mchombo says Zambians should not allow anyone to take away the peace that the country has been enjoying in the past 56 years.
In his sermon during the Fourth Anglican Diocese of Eastern Zambia harvest Sunday thanksgiving service at Chipungo Lay Training Centre, Bishop Mchombo said Zambia needs peace for development.
“Despite having different political parties, we are all Zambians and we need this peace to continue. We need this peace for development, we need this peace for the future of our children and our grandchildren,” he said. “As we are having these thanksgiving prayers today, let us thank God for the peace that we have been enjoying. No individual, no matter who, should be allowed to take away this peace that we are enjoying in Zambia.”
Bishop Mchombo urged those who were in politics to ensure they contribute towards the safeguarding of peace in the country.
“There is a lot that we should thank God for, especially for us as Zambians. We need to thank God for the independence that we commemorated yesterday (Saturday). Zambia has been independent for the past 56 years. You can tell how old Zambia is by looking at those that are 56 years of age, most of whom should be having grandchildren,” he said. “So Zambia is indeed grown up. So we continue praying for our leaders to continue leading this country in the way of peace and justice. The peace that Zambia is enjoying came at a cost. We need to nurture it.”
Bishop Mchombo commended Eastern Province PF chairman Andrew Lubusha for accepting to grace the thanksgiving event.
He said Lubusha was humble and approachable.
For his part, Lubusha appealed to the church not to relent in praying and giving counsel to political leaders.
He said Zambia needed spiritual guidance as it heads towards next year’s elections.
“We applaud you for living up to the mantra that the Church and government are indeed partners in development. May I also use this opportunity to thank and appeal to the Church that never relent in praying and giving counsel to political leaders,” he said. “As you may be aware that we are heading to a general election next year, we therefore need your spiritual guidance and support now, during and after the elections.”
Lubusha said President Edgar Lungu would remain indebted to the Church.
“My Lordship, President Edgar Chagwa Lungu and the PF government will forever remain highly indebted to the Church as a partner in development and service delivery. We are aware that the Church, through its social arm Kachere Development Programme, has sunk 55 boreholes in chiefs Nzamane, Maguya, Sairi, Mnukwa, Mafuta and Sandwe’s chiefdoms,” he said. “The project has also planted 97,675 agroforestry and 2,325 fruit trees in the named chiefdoms except Mnukwa. We are equally aware that the church in partnership with the Anglican Board Mission of Australia is running an interventional programme against gender based violence and early childhood in Mzenje and Mawanda in Lusangazi district, Msoro in Mambwe district and Chibolya in Katete district.”
Lubusha said other early childhood development programmes with the support from Episcopal Relief and Development were being run in Petauke, Mambwe, Katete and Chipata districts.
“I am reliably informed that this thanksgiving service is the fourth in line of its celebration and that you deliberately brought it here in senior chief Nzamane’s chiefdom where you intend to construct a retreat and a training centre called the Leonard Kamungu Retreat and Lay Training Centre. Let me take this opportunity to thank his royal highness senior chief Nzamane for apportioning this land to the church for this development,” he said.
Lubusha said he was informed that the project would provide numerous services to the general populace like providing skills training in agriculture, mitigation in environmental management, anti-gender based violence mitigation and a safe house.
He said the centre would provide early childhood development school in Chipungo.
During the same event, the church raised K70,000 while Lubusha donated K25,000.
Others who donated included Luangeni MP Charles Zulu, Petauke Central MP Dora Siliya, Moses Mawere of Chipata Central and other well-wishers.
Other notable people that attended the thanksgiving service are Kasenengwa district commissioner Sara Kalaluka, Lundazi district commissioner Janet Palukani and renowned Chipata gender activist Lucy Grand Phiri among others.