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KING CALLS FOR NATIONAL FASTING, PRAYER

By BONGUMUSA SIMELANE | 2020-03-26

IN the wake of the coronavirus and after the announcement of a partial lockdown, His Majesty King Mswati III has declared that Saturday to Sunday should be a national fasting period.

The message from the King was delivered by Home Affairs Minister Princess Lindiwe during a press conference held at the ministry’s offices yesterday.

The minister said following the outbreak of COVID-19, it has pleased the King to declare Saturday March 28, 2020 a national fasting day.

The national fasting will then end with a national prayer on Sunday will start at 10am.

Due to the fact that government has reduced the number of people in gatherings from 50 down to 20, the national prayer will be accessed through local media and social media platforms.

“The nation is urged to participate from their respective comfort areas and we hope everyone will pray to God to intervene in this very difficult time,” she said.

The prayer will be held under the theme, ‘God Heal Our Land.’

During the prayer on Sunday, the minister said, there would be different pastors who will be administer the Word of God.

She said the pastors would be from different denominations.

The minister stated that Emaswati need to pray together and dedicate the two days to God. She said the nation diligently pray to Him to help bring a solution to the outbreak of the virus which has claimed many lives around the world and was further crippling the economy.

The minister then thanked His Majesty the King for such a call, saying this showed that the country’s authorities  have the nation at heart.

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