Zambians toast 52nd freedom day 


ZAMBIANS from all walks of life yesterday came together to appreciate, remember and honour the heroes and heroines who fought for Zambia’s liberation as they celebrated the 52nd Independence anniversary around the country. Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni, who was the guest of honour, led Zambians at the Freedom Stature in Lusaka by laying wreaths immediately after the Zambia Army honoured the martyrs of the struggle with a 21-gun salute. The event was characterized by solemn music led by the Zambia Army brass band. President Edgar Lungu arrived at the Freedom Stature around 09:00 while the guest of honour arrived 10 minutes later and went straight to the dais where they both stood as they listened to the Zambia Army chaplain read 1 Corinthians 13:4-7. The chaplain said the verse about love “love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud’’. “It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres,” he said. Earlier, Patriotic Front (PF) youths led by their chairman Kennedy Kamba also sang songs of praise. The event was attended by members of the diplomatic corps, defence chiefs and Patriotic Front (PF) members of the central committee led by the party secretary general Davis Mwila. Other notables included retired generals and other defence personel, MMD president Felix Mutati, FDD president Edith Nawakwi, 4RP president Erick Chanda, PP president Mike Mulongoti, Cosmo Mumba and representatives from National Restoration Party (NAREP). Mr Chanda said the day was meant to honour the forefathers for the role they played in the Independence struggle. And Unites States Ambassador to Zambia Eric Schultz said going forward the Government should invest in education for its citizens in order for the country to develop.