Lusaka - Zambian President Edgar Lungu reportedly held a huge rally in Lusaka over the weekend, as local government urged the church to pray for his good health.
According to The Post, Local Government Minister Stephen Kampyongo urged the church to pray for Lungu's continued good health ahead of the August 11 general elections.
Kampyongo assured church goers during a service that no blood would be shed to retain power and that the government would listen to the will of God, as well as the voters.
He also warned people against inciting and reacting to violence, encouraging them to rather head to church and pray that the country would remain peaceful.
Too often in Africa there is a correlation between violence and power where the threat of violence is used to overthrow or sustain government administrations.
President Lungu meanwhile held a well attended rally in the capital city, where he proclaimed that the upcoming general elections would be free and fair, Lusaka Times said.
Lungu warned opposition leaders not to interfere in any way with the voting process.
Political commentators believed that Lungu was headed for a landslide victory.
Lungu also assured the public that they would be kept safe after sharing that he held a meeting with the police command with the aim of improving maintaining law and order.
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