31st December, 2020.
The United Party for National Development (UPND) Copperbelt Province would like to applaud all it’s members for their resilience and support during the year 2020. The biggest Opposition party is aware of the volatile and violent environment they are operating in owing to the dwindling political space. This is according to the new year message released by the Copperbelt Provincial leadership this morning.
Copperbelt UPND Provincial Chairperson, Mr. Elisha Matambo spoke passionately against political violence and brutal killings in the country.
The Provincial Chief has called on it’s members to commit the current situation in the country to prayer.
” I wish to ask all the members of UPND on the Copperbelt to join hands in prayers from today Thursday at 22 hours until crossover into the new year 2021,” Mr. Matambo said.
Mr. Matambo has further declared the first week of January 2021 as a prayer and fasting period for it’s members in the Province and all peace loving Zambians. The prayer and fasting period will run from *Sunday 3rd January to Thursday 10th January, 2021 from 06:00 to 18:00*.
During the said prayers, members are expected to commit the 2021 general elections into God’s hands.
Mr. Matambo said that the battle for 2021 elections is God’s battle and not ours according to *Ephesians 6 vs 11 – 12*
” 11. Put on the whole armour of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.
12.For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.
13. Therefore take up the whole armour of God that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all to stand.”
Whoever plans to play with and manipulate the 2021 general elections will have himself to blame.
Mr. Matambo said that as the members embark on prayers, they are expected to;
To thank you God for the gift of life( Ebenezer)
To thank God for protecting president HH, his family and all of us.
To petition God to cover HH and all of us under the shadow of His wings as we enter the elections year 2021.
To nullify all the evil plans of the enemy against HH and against all the upnd members.
To petition GOD to completely take over our fight and fight on our behalf.
To pray against the spirit of fear. God never gave us the spirit of fear but he gave us the spirit of LOVE, POWER AND SOUND MIND.
To pray for peace and free and fair elections.
To pray against oppression and injustices in the country.
To pray for favour, finances and unity of purpose.
Lastly but not the least, to pray for good health for all of us and to pray for our nation Zambia.
Note that, “There are six things that the Lord hates, seven that are an abomination to him: haughty eyes, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood, a heart that devises wicked plans, feet that make haste to run to evil, a false witness who breathes out lies, and one who sows discord among brothers.”
*Proverbs 6:16-19 ESV
Lastly, the Party wishes all it’s members and the country a good and prosperous 2021.
CB UPND MEDIA TEAM