FIRST republican president Kenneth Kaunda is a national property who should not be politicized and trivialized by opposition political parties, President Edgar Lungu has said.
President Lungu said it was being uncouth for opposition political party leaders to insinuate that he was politicizing Dr Kaunda when he travelled with him to Chinsali last week.
President Lungu said it was being political to trivialize Dr Kaunda for being part of the presidential programmes and that he was going to leave it to Zambians to judge those who were attempting to politicize the former president.
He said Dr Kaunda was ‘‘too Zambian to be trivialized’’ and that Zambia’s first head of State deserved respect from Zambians including those in opposition.
Zambia embraced love, peace, unity and inclusiveness as had been demonstrated by the ‘One Zambia One Nation’ slogan which was coined by Dr Kaunda in his effort to unite the country across tribe and political barriers, he added.
President Lungu said the ‘One Zambia One Nation’ slogan did not look at one’s tribe, political affiliation, religion, race or creed but rather the upholding of the rights of affiliation, freedom of speech and choice.
The President said it was in the spirit of ‘One Zambia One Nation’ that the Patriotic Front had committed itself to uphold the values of equality, justice, liberty, solidarity, peace, political and economic progress and prosperity.
“When I went with first republican president Kenneth Kaunda, some Zambians thought I am politicizing him. But Dr Kaunda is too Zambian to be trivialized. He is a national property for all Zambians including those who have been disparaging me for going with him to Chinsali,” he said.
Last week President Lungu travelled to Chinsali and was accompanied by Dr Kaunda but some opposition leaders claimed the former head of State was too tired and should therefore be left to rest.
President Lungu said the PF was a secular political organization but its values were anchored on God’s beliefs which were the calling of the country.