Zambians should appreciate the role played by the people who liberated the country from the yoke of colonial masters, says veteran politician Sikota Wina.
Mr Wina said it was because of the efforts of freedom fighters that no Zambian has ever been a refugee, living outside Zambia.
He was speaking in Lusaka yesterday when he addressed the Press at Intercontinental Hotel on the preparations freedom fighters were making to commemorate Zambia’s 50 years of independence
Mr Wina said that he was aware of the challenges that the living freedom fighters were going through but that it was important to acknowledge that they founded a strong and peaceful nation.
He said that to that effect the veteran politicians have formed a steering committee to raise funds for a planned dinner to celebrate the Golden Jubilee. The date and venue will be announced at a later date
He said the veterans have so far appreciated the programmes that have been lined up by the government to celebrate the occasion.
Mr Wina who was flanked by veteran politicians such as Mr Grey Zulu, Mr Aaron Milner, Mr Lewis Changufu , Mr Rankin Sikasula, Mama Chibesa Kankasa and Mr Wiiliam Chipango among others said 10 freedom fighters from each province will be invited to the dinner at the venue to be announced later.
“I wish to inform the nation that a steering committee has been formed for the celebration of the Golden Jubilee. We shall also do some fund raising and this project will be headed by Mama Kankasa,” he said.
He said the first republican president Dr Kenneth Kaunda will be informed about the programme for the obvious reasons.