GOVERNMENT is committed to working with the Church in fostering love, peace and unity in the nation, said Copperbelt Minister Bowman Lusambo. The Kabushi Member of Parliament said Government had a long history of collaboration with the Church as Zambia begins its 53rd independence year since 1964. He said citizens must unite and celebrate all the blessings that God has bestowed on the nation in order to attain full prosperity with the church as a strong partner in national development. “As Government, we are ready to work with you to see to it that the peace and tranquility that Zambia is known for continues. ‘‘ I bring you greetings from His Excellency Edgar Chagwa Lungu and I am here to assure you that the Church is a key partner in our quest to develop this nation,” Mr Lusambo said. He explained that his office has embarked on an open door policy to seek interaction with all sectors of society including the Church as a means to foster development and that as politicians, they rely on the wisdom of our Church leaders to serve the people. And Mr Lusambo has pledged 6,000 bags of cement valued at around K31,000 as a donation towards the construction of a new church building for the Bread of Life Church in Ndola. “On behalf of the Lusambo family, I am hereby pledging 6,000 bags of cement to go towards constructing the House of the Lord. This is a donation from my family and not as Government,” he said. Meanwhile, Mr Lusambo has called on the residents of the City of Ndola to participate in the restoring the pride of the Copperbelt capital by maintaining their surroundings to keep it clean. And Bread of Life Copperbelt pastor Reverend Chanda has also appealed for close collaboration with the authorities in keeping the city clean. “We need to bring back our city to the way it was in the colonial times. If you see Broadway Street of 1938, you would think it is a different city,” Reverend Chanda said.