Government has released K25 million out of the K50 million grant secured as COVID-19 empowerment for the Church in the country.

Eastern Province Permanent Secretary Veronica Mwiche says the church must follow the national values and principles when using the money that will be accessed from the Ministry of National Guidance and Religious Affairs.

Speaking during a courtesy call paid on her office by a team from the ministry in Lusaka, Ms Mwiche said sensitizations to the church in Eastern Province are cardinal because they will help the clergy and members access the grants.

Ms. Mwiche urged the team to effectively sensitize the church in the districts on how to effectively apply the funds.