WOMEN freedom fighters have challenged Government to stop celebrating the lives of freedom fighters posthumously because it does not make sense to let the people who liberated Zambia from colonial rule suffer and only praise them at their death.
The women freedom fighters said they would want to be celebrated while still alive and that the gifts that Zambians and Government had reserved for them after they die should be presented to them now.Leading the commemoration of women freedom fighters among them Mama Betty Kaunda, the wife to first president Kenneth Kaunda and Mama Julia Chikamoneka, Mama Kankasa said the surviving women freedom fighters were happy that President Edgar Lungu’s Government had embarked on a programme of celebrating the heroines while still alive. Mama Nkankasa said at the burial site of Mama Betty Kaunda at the residency of Dr Kaunda that the women played a critical role in the liberation of Zambia from colonial rule and that time had come for them to have equal opportunities especially in positions of decision making. She said as Zambia celebrates the International Womens’ Day, it was important for Government to remember the women who sacrificed their lives during the fight for independence and honour them while they were still alive.
“Do not just remember the dead but think about those of us who are still alive. We should stop celebrating the lives of freedom fighters after they are dead because it does not mean anything to them. There are many women who sacrificed a lot for this country to be liberated from colonial bondage but are suffering because they have been abandoned.