PRESIDENT Edgar Lungu has reiterated the need for African leaders to consolidate peace, love and unity among their people as they push for economic development.
Mr Lungu observed that African States could only develop if there was oneness in approaching the development agenda.
President Lungu said all African leaders had a duty to ensure all citizens enjoyed peace, unity and prosperity.
Speaking to journalists yesterday on his arrival at Maputo International Airport for Mozambique’s 40th independence anniversary, President Lungu called on African Heads of State to learn to share.
“I was just telling my people in Lusaka that good neighbourliness demands that you should share in times of celebrations such as this one. We should share, even in times of commiseration you also sympathize with your friends, that are what we Africans we are known for,
“We are working very hard on integrating the region and trying to bring about oneness in the African Union. We want to have a very united Africa for everyone to live in peace,” President Lungu said.
Earlier Southern African Development Community (SADC)and African Union(AU) chairman Robert Mugabe of Zimbabwe called on countries in the region and Africa at large to embrace the independence revolution in order to continue the legacy of freedom fighters.
President Mugabe said celebrating 40 years of Mozambique’s independence spoke a lot of the revolutions of other countries in the region including Zimbabwe, Namibia and South Africa.
Speaking to journalists at the Mozambican Heroes Square, President Mugabe said it was sad to celebrate Mozambique’s 40 years of independence without the first president Samora Machel and urged the people of Mozambique to pass on his legacy.
“Of course it is also sad that those we worked with the great ones are no longer with us, but this is their legacy which produced other revolutionary legacies and we are still happy that we still have the likes of Joachim Alberto Chissano here and Kenneth Kaunda among others.
He was however quick to recognize the role Zambian’s first president Dr. Kaunda played in the liberation of the region.
Meanwhile President Edgar Lungu yesterday was among four Heads of State that laid wreaths at the Mozambique’s Heroes Square in Maputo.
President Lungu arrived at heroes square at about 08:45 hours to lay his wreath in honour of the First President of Mozambique Samora Machel. Mozambican President Filipe Jacinto Nyusi was first to lay a wreath and was followed by President Lungu.