By BENNNIE MUNDANDO
THE drought spell which has characterized most parts of the country has the potential to affect national food security, a traditional leader in Ngabwe district has observed.
Lupumpaula, head of the Basanga clan, Allan Lupenga called on Zambians to seek divine intervention by uniting in prayer for rains.
He told the Daily Nation that even though it was seemingly late to pray for the rains, there was still time as the crops that were yawning in the heat could still be resuscitated if the rains stabilized across the country between now and the end of the rainy season. Mr. Lupenga said not all hope was lost as there was still time to seek God’s intervention into the impending disaster adding that the church had gone to sleep as it should have called for prayers earlier on when it was evident that most parts of the country would receive less rainfall.
“As things stand, our national food security is at stake because most parts of the country have been hit by a relentless drought. There are certain parts of the country where it has not rained for the past one month and this is a critical moment for crops if we are to register any meaningful harvest. This is the reason why we must come together and petition God to give us rains.
“This may appear to be too late but it is worth it. In a Christin nation like ours, we must learn to trust God to do seemingly impossible things. We had a similar problem last season but when we united in prayer, we managed to record a bumper harvest which seemed impossible at the onset,” Mr. Lupenga said.
Meanwhile, Mr. Lupenga has appealed to the church to take a leading role in praying for challenges facing the nation saying some of the problems could have been that God wanted to teach his people to realise that they needed to solely depend on him as a Christin nation.
He said economic hardships and political violence needed fervent prayers as praying only once during the day of national prayers was not enough.
“While people are killing each other in Sesheke with the national dialogue stalling, and our economy facing challenges, we expected the church to take a leading role in leading Zambians to pray but that is not forthcoming and that must worry us all. The church has previously played a critical role in ensuring peace, unity, and economic stability and we don’t expect them to back off now,” he said.