Stop sow­ing hate, UPND told

Daily Nation Newspaper - - HOME NEWS - By CHARLES MUSONDA

THE UPND must stop sow­ing seeds of ha­tred be­cause the op­po­si­tion party will only reap an­i­mos­ity if it con­tin­ues with the trend, a se­nior cler­gy­man has charged. Com­ment­ing on the UPND’s jus­ti­fi­ca­tion of its re­fusal to at­tend last week’s in­de­pen­dence cel­e­bra­tions, Bi­ble Gospel Church in Africa (BIGOCA) Over­seer Apos­tle Peter Ndhlovu said the party should ap­proach na­tional is­sues with a lov­ing and for­giv­ing spirit. “When you sow love you will re­ceive love and I want to ad­vise them that if they are a govern­ment in wait­ing, let them be pa­tient, tol­er­ant and for­giv­ing. If they for­give they will be for­given. If they are pa­tient peo­ple will be pa­tient with them when they come into govern­ment. Don’t look at Zam­bia as a sec­u­lar coun­try whether you are in­tel­li­gent or rich this. “As a Chris­tian Na­tion we pray and peo­ple are pray­ing in all cor­ners of Zam­bia that God will give Zam­bia a leader of His choice at a cer­tain time. There can only be one Pres­i­dent at a time and if the UPND do not recog­nise Pres­i­dent Lungu, they are wast­ing their time. They can try ev­ery­thing but it won’t suc­ceed be­cause God or­dains a leader. Time will come when Pres­i­dent Lungu will go but God will give us an­other leader and we must re­spect that leader no mat­ter how,” Apos­tle Ndhlovu said. He said Zam­bians do not want to build the coun­try based on hate and an un­for­giv­ing spirit, adding that there is no need for any­one to pro­mote hate in this era. Apos­tle Ndhlovu said all well-mean­ing Zam­bians, who love their, coun­try, should dis­cour­age in­flam­ma­tory lan­guage. He said the UPND’s shun­ning of na­tional prayers on grounds that they were for Pres­i­dent Lungu did not make sense be­cause Mr. Lungu is a mor­tal man like any­body else. “Per­son­ally I think they are not ready to take up lead­er­ship of this coun­try. If they talk about poverty, they them­selves are rich. One of the rich­est men in Zam­bia is in UPND. What has he done in his own con­stituency? What have they given to the peo­ple to show that they can use their own per­sonal money to serve the poor peo­ple? “A leader is not sup­posed to only re­ceive but to give as well. If they can­not give and they con­tinue liv­ing in lux­ury it will be the same and it will even be worse when they come into power. Let them be prac­ti­cal and if all th­ese UPND MPs can give out their money and sac­ri­fice their salaries, what­ever gra­tu­ity and work with the poor in their con­stituen­cies, we shall say this is the type of lead­ers that have a heart for this coun­try,” Apos­tle Ndhlovu said.

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