The Westminster Abbey Church in London on Monday prayed for Zambian leaders and asked God to grant them wisdom as they govern the people of Zambia.
And Zambia’s High Commissioner to the United Kingdom His Excellency Mr. Muyeba Chikonde has urged Zambians living in the United Kingdom to work together, work hard and be patriotic to their country.
An Evensong was held in honour of Zambia’s Independence Day which fell on 24th October, 2016 and the focus of the service was to pray for Zambia, its leaders and people.
During the intercession prayers, the church asked God to grant Zambian leaders wisdom as they lead the people.
“We pray for Zambia and its leaders. God grant wisdoms to its leaders. Give prosperity and integrity to the leaders as they lead the people of Zambia. As they celebrate their national day give them peace and blessing. Bless its leaders and Zambians who are in the UK,” the church prayed.
And Deputy High Commissioner Mrs. Patricia Sikaala Chanda read the second lesson which came from the book of Luke chapter 1:5-25. The service was attended by all Mission staff and some Zambians who are based in the UK.
Meanwhile, during the reception for Zambia’s 52nd Independence celebrations at Zambia House, High Commissioner Chikonde said the well-intended support that Zambia receives from its valued partners in all areas of human endeavours can only go a long way if Zambians take ownership and understand that the responsibility of making Zambia a peaceful and thriving democracy lies in its citizens.
“Allow me to congratulate His Excellency the President of the Republic of Zambia Mr. Edgar Chagwa Lungu for being re-elected for a full five-year term. For the first time we had an election that tested our tenacity to hold together, but yet again Zambians rose above their political preferences to sustain the record of being a peaceful and friendly country,” he said.
He said the the theme for this year’s celebrations “Working together for Greater Unity, Hard work and Patriotism” speaks to the fact that the beauty of Zambia is in its diversity and its greatness lies in the country’s unity.
High Commissioner Chikonde further said the United Kingdom and Zambia continue to enjoy the warm and cordial relations and strong business ties that have been formed over the decades adding that the people to people relations have remained buoyant mainly in the areas of Education and Tourism.
He said there is need for close and more frequent interactions between the two country’s political and Government leaderships in order to strengthen a flourishing Economic Cooperation framework.
The High Commissioner also thanked the UK government for the support Zambia has continued to receive through the Department of International Development (DFID) and the UK Trade and and Investment (UK-TI) to support Zambia’s vision of Diversification and Industrialisation towards making Zambia a middle income country through Vision 2030.
issued by: Abigail Chaponda First Secretary- Press
LONDON, 26, October, 2016