Archdiocese of Lusaka, SDA defy President Lungu’s call to resume gatherings

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Two Zambian churches, the Archdiocese of Lusaka and the Seventh Day Adventist (SDA) have defied President Edgar Lungu’s call to resume gatherings.

According to the two churches they would rather continue to shun gatherings as a way to prevent the spread of coronavirus.

In his third national address on COVID-19, Lungu had said church gatherings would resume provided they observe all the preventive measures like social distancing and others, but the two churches say they would not conduct gatherings.

Meanwhile, in a letter dated 24 April 2020 and addressed to the clergy, religious, and the Lay Faithful of the Archdiocese of Lusaka, the Pastoral Director, Rev. Fr. Namuhumba Leonard said the gatherings remain suspended until further guidance.

“I believe most of us have listened to the Third National Address of His Excellency the President of the Republic of Zambia, Edgar Lungu on COVID 19 on 24th April, 2020.

“I have decided that some activities such as the following may continue being undertaken normally subject to adhering to public health regulations.

“And among these activities he mentioned places of worship; that they ‘may congregate’ while observing the measures put in place by the Ministry of Health,” he said.

He added: “In view of this, the Archbishop of Lusaka, His Grace, Dr. Alick Banda has directed that we do not resume public celebrations, but, wait for further guidance.”

He added that to this effect, Dr Banda has called for the meeting of all Deans and members of ADL Management on Monday 27th April 2020.

Apparently, the Lusaka Central SDA in a letter to its members said:

“Kindly note that there will be no worship services at the Lusaka Central Church tomorrow Sabbath 25 April, 2020.

“Digital worship services will continue on Hope Channel and our Facebook and YouTube platforms until further notice.”


The church encouraged its members to continue taking all reasonable measures to avoid contracting COVID19.

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