TODAY is Independence Day, the daywhen the British Union Jack was lowered and removed to pave way for the Zambian flag and Zambians ultimately embarked on a self-rule journey.
This is the day Zambians broke the chains of colonialism to start determining their own destiny in the political and economic affairs of the country.
Looking back at the last 50 years, Zambians have a lot to celebrate about their national day more especially that this is a Jubilee year.
From a country that had less than 100 university graduates at independence, Zambians can now boast of thousands of eminently qualified manpower in all sectors of national affairs.
Zambians can also boast about the transformation of the political system which has evolved from multi-party to a single party system and then back to multi-partism. And all of this peacefully.
And through these transitions, Zambia has not only remained an oasis of peace and tranquillity despite the country’s diverse political and religious beliefs.
Since her independence 50 years ago, Zambia has sacrificed both its human and financial resources to the liberation of many other countries in the region and it is not surprising that so many dignitaries have found time to be part of the celebrations.
This is despite the absence of President Michael Sata who travelled out of the country for a medical check-up.
There is nothing much that Zambians can do about President Sata’s condition, apart from praying and wishing him a quick recovery so that he can return more energised.
All Zambians would have loved to have President Sata around so that he could lead them, especially the freedom fighters, into the celebrations
Those who were the age of reason on Independence Day in 1964 and are still alive must be reflecting on this day with nostalgic memories of the events.
Since Independence, Zambia has had ten general elections which have seen three different political parties taking over the reins of power.
The country has had five different Presidents with each one of them promoting the Zambian spirit of oneness.
While developments in the different sectors have had their own shocks, Zambia has largely remained peaceful with the more than 73 tribes living in harmony.
Zambia has also been home to many refugees who have preferred the countryas their destination because of its peace and hospitality, virtues that have dogged many countries in the region and Africa as a whole.
The countries in the sub-region can testify that when most of them needed Zambia’s support to defeat their colonial masters, they knew they could depend on Zambia and her people.
This has always been Zambia’s nature and as Zambians gather to commemorate their national day, they should celebrate their many achievements over the years.
God bless Zambia!