Below is a message released by UPND Chairperson Mutale Nalumango regarding the aborted Church service that was to have taken place at the Lusaka Cathedral of the holy Cross but was stopped by Dictator Edgar Lungu and his sidekicks:
We wish to condemn in the strongest possible term, the action by the Zambia Police to cancell a prayer service which had been organized by a consortium of Churches, to thank God that the UPND President Hakainde Hichilema had been released from incarceration peacefully.
Many of our Citizens will recall that a few weeks after his imprisonment, the Church held an inter denomitional intercessory prayer service where worshipers sought for God’s intervention for a peaceful resolution of the tension and uncertainty the Nation had been plunged into, as a result of the incarceration of the UPND President.
The Churches invited all Zambians including ourselves in the UPND and other political players, as all of us realised we needed to seek for divine intervention at the deteriorating state of affairs in our Nation.
We accepted the invitation because of our belief that our Nation’s foundation is anchored on the princples of Christianity, the faith that now forms part of our Country’s heritage.
When President Hakainde Hichilema was released from four months imprisonment, we viewed this, that the Almighty God had answered our prayers, and so when the Church approached us and all Zambians, to join them for a thanks giving and worship service, in gratitude to God for a peacecul resolution to the impasse, we again accepted.
We were therefore totally taken aback this morning to be informed by the convenor of the thanks giving service, that the Police had ordered him not to go ahead with the function and that the Anglican Cathedral of the Holy Cross, had been surrounded and sealed by heavily armed mounted officers and others with dogs.
We find this unacceptable, provocative, utterly disturbing and going beyond the pale. Zambians have been hearing sing songs of dialogue and peace, but we wonder whether this kind of behaviour by the PF, particularly by Mr Edgar Chagwa Lungu promotes the nobility of the spirit of dialogue and reconciliation. Does it mean we will again require the intervention of the Commonwealth and Gen Obasanjo to be granted back our freedom to worship? We will not accept the usual explanation that Mr Lungu is not responsible from the above action. Mr Edgar Chagwa Lungu is in charge of all his officials, he calls the shots, appoints them and the buck therefore stops right with him.
We are reminded by a story in the Holy scripture in the book of Exodus 9: 1 where it is written, ” Then the Lord told Moses, ‘Go tell Pharaoh and say this is what the LORD, the God of the Hebrews says: “Let my people go, so that they may worship me”.
There’s nothing that is legalistically articial or criminal that should stop people from their desires to fellowship with their God, especially in a Nation that is a Christian Nation, a norm the PF have been loudly hailing whenever it suits them. People all over the World have been allowed to practice their religions and worshiping their God on warships, in active war zones, including prisons. How therefore can irreconcilable politics of sheer hate and anger, cause us to be prevented from worshiping God, by Police dogs, teargas and batons?
We wish to advise the Home Affairs Minister Mr Steven Kampyongo, that his conscience should trouble him over orders a from his office, that bars innocent citizen from fellowshiping with their God, because of rules made by man. For even Paharaoh claimed sovereignty of laws, but God’s divine desire to be worshipped by His people outstrips rules made by Kings and rulers of the earth, at a cost to those that fight Him.
We end by quoting this scripture to Mr Edgar Chagwa Lungu who we understand is on holiday in Mfuwe.
“Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity!…to go up to the House of God in company, and with delight to join together in acts of worship…”