27th May 2023

The opposition New Heritage Party is disappointed with the comment made to the effect that the Day of National Prayer is “useless”, particularly as it has come from the ruling party.

Heritage Party President Chishala Kateka says the UPND administration should give Zambians a ‘useful’ alternative to the Day of Prayer.

“A video has gone viral where the day of National Prayer has been described as “useless”. The UPND in Administration, as all Zambians, are of course entitled to their opinion. The New Heritage Party wish to remind the UPND Administration that Zambia is a Christian Nation as enshrined in the preamble to no less than the Constitution of Zambia,” she said.

“With the very tough living conditions being faced by Zambians, we at New Heritage Party as well as the majority of Zambians, need God to just to make it to the next day. We are very alive to 2 Chronicles 7:14
“If my people who are called by my name humble themselves, and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land.”

She said it is thus important to note that the very heart of new philosophy or world view as the nation of Zambia, is Christianity, whereas previously, the country embraced Humanism.

“What does that comment, coming from the Party in power, say about our stance as a Christian Nation? Should we be expecting a policy shift in this regard? We are very alive to the fact that when a change in policy is intended to be changed, those in power throw out feelers to test the waters. Could this very careless statement in fact be such a feeler? How can observing one (1) day out of three hundred and sixty five (365) days to honour our God be seen as “Useless”? She questioned.

“Is this why the UPND feel emboldened to insult a Priest that was merely giving sound advice regarding what people are looking to hear as opposed to what was presented? The Bible puts it this way “From the abundance of the heart, the mouth speaks”. This statement clearly reveals the heart of the UPND.”

Ms Kateka stated that if the UPND administration, being in very comfortable circumstances, choose to not pray to God, Zambians choose to humble themselves before God’s mighty hand and pray for His deliverance for the nation.


  1. They wanted to celebrate 12th August as a national day ….even that thug called mosquito wanted to parade Permanent Secretaries to celebrate the day!

    • Maybe they are satanists or freemasons?

      Maybe they worship cows?

      Whatever their reasons, Zambians will reject.

      If he wants to keep his job, he needs to improve cost of living very soon.

      No more nonsense graphs kwati kutumfya abapina.

    • Lusaka – Ndola Road of Development you are very foolish PF liar iwe. UPND is composed of normal people unlike your PF club full of criminals. Next time be factual iwe PF Kembo.

  2. It’s true that holiday should be scrapped or just commemorated as a non public holiday just like mothers day, national aids day, etc. Total useless waste of a day instead of being productive and helping the country out of doldrums people are busy drinking on the day.

  3. Wise man Daniel once said Zambians will turn to God. They will pray and cry to their God like never before in the years to come. You can check it out.

  4. Ba Chishala you were in Christians for Lungu cartel. You enjoyed immerse benefits. Advise the priest to stick to his lane and preach true gospel about man not living by eating bread alone. That priest assumed that if you are from ku komboni you will not understand graphs. What an insult.

  5. Ba Kateka, no one has insulted the priest. Criticising the priest does not amount to insulting him. In the same way, the priest did not insult the president. He merely criticized him. For some reason, in Zambia, criticising is seen as insulting.

    Personally, I would love to see the phrase “Zambia a Christian nation” expunged from the preamble to the constitution for the following reasons:

    1. We are breaking the third commandment which says “You shall not misuse the name of the Lord your God, for the Lord will not hold anyone guiltless who misuses his name”. Exodus 20:7, NIV Bible. The declaration of Zambia as a Christian nation, the day of prayer and the house of prayer were all political maneuvers to attract the vote of the church.

    2. We don’t live by Christian values. The churches are full of thieves, adulterers and all kinds of morally corrupt elements. If just 25% of those who profess to be Christians were faithfully practicing their Christianity, the impact on the nation would be awesome and we would not be talking about corruption in the police, the judicial system and wherever else. Mathew 7:16 “By their fruit you will recognize them”. What is the fruit of the average Zambian? Gal. 5:19-21 the acts of the sinful nature would be more like it as opposed to Gal. 5:22, the fruit of the spirit.

    3. God is not moved by mere declarations. He wants people who obey His word. Isiah 29:13 “These people come near to me with their mouth and honour me with their lips but their hearts are far from me”. The day of prayer, house of prayer or declaration of Zambia as a Christian nation will not move God or draw us closer to him. 1Samuel 15:22 “To obey is better than sacrifice and to heed is better than the fat of rams”.

    4. We are in danger of incurring God’s wrath. There is nothing Christian about our country and by continuing with this masquerade, we are mocking God. By declaring Zambia a Christian nation, we made a covenant with Him to obey His word. Are we truly honoring God in the way we live? God cannot be mocked. Gal. 6:7 “Do not be deceived:God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows”. We are currently shaking our collective fist in God’s face. God made a covenant with the children of Israel and when they persistently disobeyed Him, they were punished and sent into exile. A covenant with God should not be taken lightly.

  6. Read the following scriptures and reflect on them in relation with the so called day of prayer intended to corrupt God by declaring a day of prayer while engaging in corruption and murdering innocent citizens: Amos 5:10-26; Psalms 50: 7-23. Isaiah 29:13 says: “And the Lord said:” Because this people draw near with their mouth and honor me with their lips, while their hearts are far from me, and their of me is a commandment taught by men.”


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