President Edgar Lungu has urged politicians and Zambians in general to promote the spirit of forgiveness in the country through the One Zambia One Nation motto.
He says the motto is not just a slogan for propaganda, but a proclamation that Zambians belong to one family and should celebrate unity in diversity.
President Lungu said this during prayers to mark this year’s National Day of Prayer, Fasting, Repentance and Reconciliation.
The day has been commemorated under the Theme “Promoting Reconciliation, healing, Celebrating Unity in Diversity”.
And President Lungu says he has done his part to reconcile the church and the state, as opposed to accusations that he is using the church.
President Lungu says he will therefore, take no more lead in organizing the day of prayers, but will allow organizers from churches to spearhead the process.
Meanwhile hundreds of Chipata residents have joined the rest of the country in observing the National Day of Prayer, Fasting, Repentance and Reconciliation.
The gathering which is taking place at David Kaunda stadium is being led by leaders from all the church mother bodies and senior government officials.
Various choirs are performing at the event while members of the Muslim association are also in attendance.
And speaking at the event, Living Gospel World Nation Church Bishop, Andrew Biemba urged Christians to repent and seek the face of God if they have to live in peace and harmony.
Bishop Biemba says prayers are important for the nation because they bring peace and unity.
He says Zambia experienced a lot of evil activities such as insults and politics of hatred ahead of the August 11 General Elections but the church helped the nation to unite by praying for peace.
And Lundazi residents have gathered at Vigodo grounds were they are observing the National Day of Prayer, Fasting, Repentance and Reconciliation.
A check by Breeze News found that different people from all walks of life had converged at Vigodo grounds to join the rest of Zambians in observing the day.
And Lundazi District Commissioner Janet Palukani who was among those that have gathered explained that day is important as it is an indication that Zambians depend on God.
Ms. Palukani has therefore, appealed to Lundazi residents who attended the National Day of Prayer, Fasting, Repentance and Reconciliation to pray for those who have shunned the event.
And Ms Palukani appealed to Lundazi district council chairperson Margaret Msimuko to identify land where they should build a district house of prayer.
Meanwhile Lundazi District Council Chairman Margaret Msimuko has commended late president Frederick Chiluba for declaring Zambia a Christian nation.
She further commended President Edgar Lungu for setting October 18 as a day of national prayer.