By CHRISTINE CHISHA
AS THE clock ticks closer to Zambiaâ€™s Golden Jubilee celebrations, a youth organisation is planning for a conference at which a symbolic handover of leadership from freedom fighters to the younger generation will be conducted.
The conference is meant to appreciate the old guard for their role in liberating and leading Zambia.
Leadership Conference Foundation spokesperson Stanley Mâ€™hango said many players in political circles will be invited to the conference set for Mulungushi International Conference Centre on September 5.
â€œWe have been inspired biblically to hold a Jubilee Leadership Conference because in the Bible, jubilee signifies liberty, restoration and reconciliation.
â€œWe want to create a platform for young and emerging leaders to interact with the older generation to pass on the mantle of leadership in the economic, social and political spheres,â€ Mr Mâ€™hango said.
He said the platform will also enable young and emerging leaders to be inspired by the role the older generation played to make Zambia what it is today.
Mr Mâ€™hango said young leaders will also reflect on how Zambiaâ€™s development agenda should be carried forward.
â€œIt is an opportunity for young leaders to reflect on the success of the country and build on them and come up with plans to have even a better Zambia in the next coming 50 years,â€ he said.
Mr Mâ€™hango said Leadership Foundation believes the biggest tribe in the nation is that of the young people and it was high time the youth started taking responsibility and not to be divided on tribal or political lines.
He said the conference has drawn speakers from various political parties, senior citizens, religious leaders and young emerging leaders.
Some of the politicians invited are Lusaka Mayor Mulenga Sata, Matero Member of Parliament (MP) Miles Sampa, Choma MP Cornelius Mweetwa, and former Petauke Central MP Dora Siliya.
Senior citizens invited include veteran politician Vernon Mwaanga, Bishop John Mambo and Archbishop Telesphore Mpundu.
Mr Mâ€™hango said Mr Mwaanga is expected to perform a symbolic act of handing over leadership to the young and emerging leaders as a way of symbolising generational change of leadership.
He said the Foundation found it befitting to ask Mr Mwaanga to conduct the symbolic act because Mr Mwaanga became a ward councillor at the age of 19 and Minister of Foreign Affairs at the age of 29.
â€œWe believe young people can learn good leadership lessons from Mr Mwaanga,â€ said Mr Mâ€™hango.
By CHRISTINE CHISHA