POLITICAL parties shunning prayers before the August elections have their own agenda against the Zambian people’s will, says Governance Forum executive director Gershom Musonda.
Mr Musonda said the tension that had resulted from political violence could be addressed through prayers.
He said those shunning prayers were far away from leading the people of Zambia.
He said that the country needed God’s intervention now more than ever before and appealed to all to join in prayers.
He said Zambia needed a God fearing leader who would ensure the nation was guided by Christian’s principles as a Christian nation.
Mr Musonda said it was only peace and oneness that could unite the people of Zambia, adding that it should be the song of every Zambian.
He called on the Church not to relent engaging political players on issues that bordered on national matters.
He observed that if the Church continued to speak out, things would not be the same, and that politicians too would stop using language of hate against each other.
“In a peaceful country, we need a God fearing leader who will ensure citizens are protected and also have respect for one another.
“As a Christian nation, we should continue to use prayer as a tool to bring peace and unity,” he said.
He said that leaders must not show hypocrisy but instead lead the nation with dignity and respect for citizens.
Mr Musonda said the church must ensure it took a lead and prayed for the nation in many situations the country was going through before and after the elections.
“Zambia is going through a serious phase which needs prayers from everyone for God’s intervention,” he said.
Some political parties claimed that they did not see the need to take part in the national day of prayer to be held on July 24 because those who were spearheading the event were accused of being biased.