President Edgar Lungu has paid glowing tribute to Archbishop Albert Chama for his service as a priest in the Anglican Church.

President Edgar Lungu said works and services of Archbishop Chama should be commended and emulated by the church.

ZANIS reports that the Head of State said this in Kitwe today during the Silver Jubilee celebratory service of Archbishop Albert Chama as a priest in the Anglican Church.

President Lungu said he is aware that Archbishop Chama came from a humble background and as he served the Lord diligently.

He said this only shows that God qualifies those who are called and makes things perfect in his own time.

President Lungu said his desire is to see the church rise to being self-sustaining and come up with fundraising projects.

The Head of State noted that the tradition of most churches in the country is that they rely on well-wishers and those that offer support.

The President however said those willing should continue offering support but the church should not entirely depend on it.

Meanwhile President Lungu said government will continue supporting the church because this is what is required for the church to grow.

President Lungu has called on the church to continue promoting partnerships with all political parties.

And Archbishop Albert Chama called for love and peace to continue prevailing in the church.

Archbishop Chama said time has come for the church to provide sound leadership and guidance to the nation.

And in His Homily Robert Sihubwa called on the congregants to remember their roots and appreciate their parents.

Reverend Canon Sihubwa said it is impossible to progress in life if people do not inculcate the spirit of paying back to those who have helped them.

He has encouraged the congregants to remain focused and put God first in everything that they are pursuing in life.

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