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ECZ chair calls for prayer


THE Electoral Commission of Zambia (ECZ) has urged the Church to pray for the country ahead of the August 11 general elections for peace to prevail before, during and after the polls.
ECZ chairperson Justice Esau Chulu said in Lusaka yesterday that the Church should pray against violence to ensure that the electorate participate in the presidential, parliamentary, local government and mayoral elections without fear.
“We don’t want the electorate, the ladies in particular, to be scared to come to the polls. We do not want our young people to be scared and keep away from the polls,” Justice Chulu said at the welcoming ceremony for Reverend Daniel Banda at the Reformed Church in Zambia (RCZ) Northmead Congregation in Lusaka yesterday.
“So we are calling upon the Church to commit all the political players into the hands of the Lord,” he said.
Mr Justice Chulu also called on the clergy to champion forgiveness, reconciliation and repentance from sin for Zambia to see positive development.
He said it is the responsibility of the Church to unite people.
“As we are moving towards a crucial period, August 11, 2016, there is great need to progressively move into prayer and fasting mood instead of waiting for the official day, 18th October,’’ he said.
Justice Chulu said the assignment that God has given to pastors is an all-inclusive one.
He said the Church is about bringing the old and young ones together.
Justice Chulu urged Rev Banda to utilise his skills to appeal to the old, and nurture and mentor the young who comprise the majority in the Church so as to build a holistic church.
“God has a purpose for you being in this ministry. You started at RCZ Nkana congregation, moved to RCZ Riverside congregation, and you are now at RCZ Northmead congregation,” Justice Chulu said.
He also urged Rev Banda to continue seeking the face of God and remain faithful to him.

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