JERRY MUNTHALI, Lusaka
PRESIDENT Lungu has come up with an elaborate programme of activities in commemoration of the 51st Independence anniversary this Saturday aimed at fostering reconciliation, national unity and development.
And President Lungu is on October 25, 2015 expected to make a major statement of faith during the ground-breaking ceremony for the construction of the New Tabernacle National House of Prayer to be built at the Woodlands forest reserve in Lusaka.
Special assistant to the President for press and public relations Amos Chanda told journalists on Friday that the launch of a new tourism product called Pamodzi Carnival by President Lungu yesterday is part of the build-up to the 51st Independence celebrations to be commemorated under the theme â€œLaying the foundation for a smart Zambia, finding forgiveness, repentance, compassion and love in God.
â€œThe objective is to bring together cultural dancers, traditional food caterers and handicrafts producers from all the 10 provinces to showcase our diverse rich cultural heritage,â€ Mr Chanda said.
He said minister of Tourism and Arts Jean Kapata will later launch a National Arts Exhibition at Lusaka museum.
â€œThere will also be a farmerâ€™s crusade at Arcades Shopping Mall, which will be replicated in all provincial centres,â€ Mr Chanda said.
The President encouraged ministers and senior Government officials to visit the vulnerable in orphanages, hospices and prisons.
Mr Chanda also said on October 22, 2015, President Lungu will be at a ground-breaking ceremony in Lusakaâ€™s Chelstone for a nationwide programme to construct 2,350 houses for police officers.
He said this will mark the beginning of the first phase of the project.
Mr Chanda also said on October 22, 2015, Vice-President Inonge Wina will launch a Centre of Excellence for Information Communication Technologies (ICTs) towards the implementation of the Smart Zambia Project.
â€œThe Smart Zambia is an integrated approach to increase the use of technologies in the delivery of services,â€ Mr Chanda said
President Lungu will on October 23, 2015 host a State banquet in honour of King Mswati III who will be guest of honour for the 51st independence anniversary festivities.
Mr Chanda said on Independence Day, a military funfair will be on display at the Heroes Stadium at 10:00 hours, and later a reception at State House around midday.
And the President is on October 25 expected to make a major statement of faith during the ground-breaking ceremony for the construction of the New Tabernacle National House of Prayer at Lusakaâ€™s Woodlands forest reserve opposite Arakan Barracks.
â€œThis is an inter-denominational cathedral where Christians of all faiths will have an opportunity to worship freely,â€ Mr Chanda said.
And Mr Chanda said President Lungu and State House will be operating from Kitwe from October 29 to November 2.
JERRY MUNTHALI, Lusaka