From SIMOM MUNTEMBA in Shiwang’andu.

GOVERNMENT should be commended for the cordial partnership and support it has continued to render to the churches in Zambia, the Catholic Church has said.

Shiwang’andu’s Holy Trinity Parish priest Paul Simukanze said he was grateful that government had continued to support developmental projects initiated by the church.

The priest said this when Home Affairs Minister Stephen Kampyongo donated a set of music instruments to the church valued at K23,500.

Among the music instruments Mr Kampyongo donated included a key board, speakers, microphones, music mixer, and subwoofer among others.

Mr Kampyongo, who is Shiwang’andu constituency Member of Parliament also donated 50 pockets of cement towards construction of a girls’ school at the church.

Speaking when he received the donation, Fr Simukanze praised government for the gesture.

He said the donated music instruments would go a long way in supplementing the church’s efforts in preaching the word of God. Mr Kampyongo also praised the Catholic Church for supplementing government’s effort in uplifting the living standards of vulnerable people in society.

The Minister noted that the church had been instrumental in the provision of quality education and that government appreciated such efforts.

Mr Kampyongo who pledged to support the church financially to ensure the school was completed, said government valued education.

He encouraged the church to continue collaborating more with government to deliver the much needed social services such as education and health.

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