President Edgar Lungu and his wife will start fasting at 13 hours after ‘hammering’ heavy breakfast and lunch. True fasting requires total abstinence from food and wine for the whole day, in this case from 6 to 6.
And Secretary to PF cabinet Roland Msiska has overruled vice-president Inonge Wina on whether bars will be closed during PF prayers.
“Government also wishes to reiterate that all bars, pubs and public places, including restaurants and fast-food outlets, shall remain closed from 06:00 hours to 18:00 hours to enable members of the public to dedicate their time in fervent prayer and fasting,” Msiska said.
On Friday morning, vice-president Inonge told parliament that there was no imposition that bars and taverns should close on the day declared for national prayers, fasting and reconciliation.
Wina claimed that government has instead requested that bar and tavern owners should respect the declaration by observing the sombre day by closing their outlets and join in the prayers.
She was responding to a question from Kasempa MP Kabinga Pande who wanted to know why Government has made it mandatory for bars and taverns to close on Sunday October 18th.