By Hector Simfukwe:
President Edgar Lungu has instructed of National Guidance and Religious Affairs Minister Godfridah Sumaili to come up with guidelines on how government will roll out empowerment programs to the clergy.
President Lungu says Church leaders should have access to empowerment programs because they are also Zambian.
He says government should tap into already existing empowerment programs that the churches are implementing in order to help the citizens.
The President said this when he held a meeting with Church leaders in Ndola.
And President Lungu has reiterated his call on the Church to continue praying for politicians.
The church leaders later took time to pray for the head of state.
And speaking on behalf of the Church leaders, Reverend Chilekwa Mulenga said the Church is not happy with a named opposition leader who used unpalatable language at a public forum and refused to apologise.
Reverend Mulenga said Zambia is a Christian nation and political leaders should not promote insults and violence.
He said the Church in Ndola wants the country to have peaceful elections next year.
And Reverend Sumaili thanked President Lungu for meeting the Church leaders.
Speaking earlier, Copperbelt Minister Japhen Mwakalombe urged the Church to continue praying for the Head of state.
He said President Lungu has demonstrated humility in serving the people of Zambia.