Pastor Justice advises leaders
EZULWINI – Pastor Justice Dlamini says politicians and religious leaders should put aside their arrogance and pride for the transformation of the country.
He said Swaziland required God’s intervention to resolve its many problems.
He said this during a prayer breakfast meeting for church leaders and Christians at the Royal Swazi Sun Convention centre yesterday.
Dlamini said presently, there was a lot of desperation, uncertainty and tension in the wake of political and economic problems.
He said a lot of people were distressed because the political and social environment was neither looking good nor improving.
Pastor Justice, as he is popularly known, said there were issues that have gone unattended for too long, in an appropriate manner.
He said the country was suffering from the many atrocities because of the lip service in its commitment to God.
"The political, social and economic problems that challenge the nation will not end unless we seek Gods grace through prayer," he said.
He said the country needed fervent prayers and intervention to change the prevailing status quo which was created mainly by the economic problems.
Dlamini said God was desperately waiting for the country to pray to him and invite him to come to the nation’s rescue.
The breakfast meeting was hosted under the banner of Somhlolo Festival of Praise 2012 and was attended by over 500 people.
Prime Minister Sibusiso Dlamini and Prince Gcokoma, Minister of Home Affairs were among the attendees.
Prominent pastors included Pastor Robert Kasaro, Reverends Johannes Mazibuko, Absalom Muntu Dlamini and Grace Masilela, as well as Pastor Chaliyumba and Bishop Stephen Masilela.
The event started at about 8am and breakfast was availed to people about 30 minutes later.
Dlamini thanked God for the opportunity given to Christians to pray for the many problems that affected the country through the Somhlolo Festival of Praise event. He also thanked King Somhlolo for sharing his vision with the nation, giving it a way to live through the vision that came to him in 1836.
The Mbabane Worship Centre founder said it was high time the nation implemented the dream.
"We should stop visualising and start being proactive. Things can change for the better. The dream in a nutshell was meant to be realised through seeking God’s intervention in everything we do as a nation," he said.
He said the country’s leadership should take a leaf from the biblical leader Nehemiah.
"In the midst of problems that affected his country, Nehemiah decided to go to his King and ask for permission to solve the problems that were being experienced by his people.
"These included strife and a major calamity where the walls of Israel had collapsed," he said. Dlamini said the king allowed Nehemiah to take some time off from his royal duties to focus on his country problems.
He said Nehemiah practically went on leave and prayed to God. He fasted for four months and sought God’s favour. The king gave him material to rebuild the wall and in no time it was completed and all problems that engulfed the nation were solved.
PM favours negotiations
EZULWINI – Prime Minister Sibusiso Dlamini says bible teachings enable
people to understand what makes a society happy and prosperous.
He said keeping an open mind, being receptive to discussion and negotiations were the best way to resolve differences.
Dlamini said among the noblest sentiments like loving thy neighbour; a true friend was the one who reached for one’s hand and touched the heart.
He said this yesterday during a prayer breakfast meeting hosted at the Royal Swazi Sun’s Convention Centre.
The PM was addressing church leaders and Christians who attended the meeting which was part of the ongoing activities of the Somhlolo Festival of Praise.
The festival ends today.
"In the peace loving society that has been the hallmark of our nation, the Bible has guided us through all the trials and tribulations that we have faced and we will continue to do so if we commit to its teachings," he said.
He said the bible was the source of joy and festivity and the nation recognised it every time it gathered to remember Somhlolo’s vision of nearly two centuries ago.
The theme for this year’s celebration was ‘visitation and vision for national survival’.
Dlamini said it was important that the vision was revisited to keep a permanent record for future generations.
"That vision came to the monarch in 1836. King Somhlolo had advised his people to eat- that it to accept the book and set their lives by its teachings," he said.
The PM said the same wise counsel was given to the nation in modern times by King Sobhuza II on the occasion of the country independence and by the present monarch.
"King Sobhuza advised us to follow the footprints of Jesus and His Majesty King Mswati III confirmed that he would lead the nation in the same direction and has kept his word in the past 26 years.
He said that advice had served the nation so well over the decades and the peace and stability enjoyed by the people could be attributed in no small part to that guidance to develop Swazi society on the bedrock of the teachings of the bible.
Dlamini said while tolerant of all religions that preach peace and harmonious co-existence, the country was essentially a Christian nation.
He also praised God for using royalty to show Swazis a way to live through the King Somhlolo vision.
He announced that July 22 will forever be celebrated by the nation as a day in which all present and past kings are celebrated, for keeping the nation together as a unit and their heroism in keeping king Somhlolo’s vision alive.
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