ACTING President Edgar Lungu has described Zambia’s 50 years of independence as a journey of hope, resilience, peace, unity and development and has paid glowing tribute to Zambians for showing patriotism by turning up in large numbers to take part in the Jubilee celebrations.
Mr Lungu said the Golden Jubilee was a momentous event that gave the country an opportunity to celebrate its achievements in the last 50 years as well as reflect on the future. Mr Lungu said on behalf of President Michael Sata, he was indebted to Zambians and expressed gratitude to the people of Zambia for the massive turnout during the celebrations to mark Zambia’s Golden Jubilee.
He said despite some unpatriotic calls by certain members of the opposition to boycott the celebrations or to wear black, Zambians from all walks of life ignored the calls because the agitation to shun the celebrations were detrimental to the peace and unity the country was enjoying.
Mr Lungu, who is the Minister of Defence and Justice, said Government ensured the celebrations reached all Zambians across the country.
The Acting President thanked Vice-President Guy Scott, ministers, former presidents Kenneth Kaunda and Rupiah Banda and foreign dignitaries for finding time to be part of the country’s Golden Jubilee.
“The Golden Jubilee was a momentous event for the people of Zambia as it gave the country an opportunity to celebrate our past achievements in the last 50 years and an opportunity to reflect on the future that lies ahead of us. The past 50 years have been a journey of hope, resilience, peace, unity and development. Despite unpatriotic calls by certain opposition political parties to boycott the celebrations, Zambians from all walks of life ignored the divisive calls and turned up in mass numbers for the Golden Jubilee,” Mr Lungu said. Mr Lungu thanked all the opposition political parties that participated in the Golden Jubilee and that their action was a symbol of maturity patriotism and togetherness. He thanked MMD president Nevers Mumba, Edith Nawakwi of the FDD, Elias Chipimo of NAREP, NRP president Cosmo Mumba, ZADECO leader Langton Sichone and Forth Revolution Party (FRP) president Eric Chanda.