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kaunda.jpgZAMBIANS should stop fighting among themselves to pave way for peace and development, former president Kenneth Kaunda has said.

In an interview in Lusaka yesterday, Dr Kaunda said Zambians should emulate Jesus Christ who embraced all human beings regardless of race, religion, or tribe and did much to promote oneness in the world.

He said this at St Paul’s Congregation of the United Church of Zambia (UCZ) after leading several Christians in a march past to commemorate Palm Sunday, which symbolises the triumphal entry of Jesus Christ into Jerusalem.

“The triumphal entry by Jesus into Jerusalem signifies a great demonstration of what we, who call ourselves Christians, ought to embrace and promote.

“Love your neighbours, that is what He (Jesus) died for. Let us stop quarrelling among ourselves in our groups and work together for the good of our mother Zambia,” he said.

Dr Kaunda advised young people especially to remain focused in their quest for a developed Zambia and to always look up to God for help and guidance.

Lusaka Diocese Anglican Bishop, David Njobvu, called on parents to dedicate their lives to positive upbringing of their children to avoid what he termed moral decay among the youth.

Bishop Njobvu also called on the Government to use resources being freed by cooperating partners on employment creation for the youth.

Bishop Njobvu urged all the citizens to be responsible and desist from corrupt activities, which he referred to as acts of selfishness.

And at another celebration, Cathedral of the Child Jesus administrator, Francis Chilufya, said Palm Sunday was a great event that Christians of all denominations should observe.

Father Chilufya said this when worshippers from different church groups, parishes and congregations waving palm branches converged for Palm Sunday prayers at the Supreme Court grounds in Lusaka.

He said Christians should march for Jesus Christ in memory of his triumphal entry into Jerusalem, his subsequent suffering and death at the hands of his tormentors.

(Dr. Kaunda With Zambians In California, 2003 – Picture Courtesy – AZACA)

Anglican Cathedral Bishop Charley Thomas, who read the story of Palm Sunday from Matthew Chapter 21 verses 1 – 11 in the Bible, urged the congregants to raise their palm branches in praise of Jesus Christ.

St Ignatius Parish Priest Joe Keaney conducted a brief prayer service, which was attended by, among others, Chief Justice Ernest Sakala, clergymen and women as well as Cathedral of the Child Jesus Parish members.

Others were from St Columbus Presbyterian Church, Anglican Cathedral of the Holy Cross, and the Trinity Congregation of the UCZ.

In Chipata, Christians from different congregations marched together to celebrate Palm Sunday.

The Christians from the Roman Catholic, UCZ, Methodist Church, and Anglican Church, among others, waved palm leaves as they walked from Chipata DayHigh school, through Kapata market, to St Anne’s Cathedral Parish.

The procession that was characterised by singing and ululations ended at UCZ All Saints Congregation.

At St Annes Cathedral Parish, Chipata Catholic Diocese Vicar General, Wilfred Bwezani, advised Christians to persevere despite hardships and to embrace a spirit of forgiveness for one another.

Source: Times of Zambia