ELIZABETH CHATUVELA, Mongu
LABOUR Minister Fackson Shamenda says the â€˜One Zambia One Nationâ€™ motto, which has kept the country together for the past 51 years, needs to be nurtured, revived and emphasised.
Mr Shamenda said Zambians need to rise above the challenges that tend to hold the national building efforts back in the quest for total emancipation.
He appealed to Zambians to rediscover the precious value of the motto.
â€œThis event should be a unifying factor that brings us together regardless of our political or religious affiliation and always remember that we only have one country.Â Let us, therefore, not allow ourselves to be divided on the basis of political affiliation, regionalism and tribalism among others,â€ he said.
Mr Shamenda was speaking here when he officiated at the Western Province independence day celebrations at Mongu Stadium.
The celebrations were attended by the clergy, members of political parties, indunas, Government wings and the general public.
Mr Shamenda also emphasised the need to lay a foundation for a smart Zambia.
â€œThis will require us as citizens to be innovative, entrepreneurial and embrace technology to quicken service delivery by Government institutions. Additionally, we need to promote and maintain a clean, healthy and safe living environment by changing our attitudes,â€ Mr Shamenda said.
Meanwhile, the celebration were spiced by various performances by different traditional groups who lived up to the expectations of the audience.
And CHAMBO NGâ€™UNI reports from Kabwe that Minister of Tourism and Arts Jean Kapata yesterday led scores of jubilant local residents in celebrating Zambiaâ€™s 51st independence anniversary and underscored the need for all to ensure that the country remains an oasis of peace, unity and stability.
Ms Kapata earlier led Central Province Minister Davies Chisopa, Works and Supply Deputy Minister James Kapyanga, Central Province permanent secretary Edwidge Mutale, Kabwe Mayor Richard Bango, defence and security wings personnel in laying wreaths at the cenotaph at Civic Centre in honour of freedom fighters.
â€œWe must also commit ourselves to promoting the national interest in the spirit of patriotism,â€ Ms Kapata said at Railways Ground.
Ms Kapata also said divisive practices such as tribalism and land wrangles should not be entertained because they risk dividing the country.
Ms Kapata also commended the Patriotic Front, United Party for National Development and the National Restoration Party for attending the commemoration.
â€œThis is the first time since the PF came into power that we are seeing the opposition political parties participating during independence day,â€ Ms Kapata said.
And Tourism and Arts Minister Jean Kapata has called for the protection of the countryâ€™s natural resources because the destruction of the resources has the potential of negatively affecting the economy and the environment.
Ms Kapata said in Kabwe yesterday when she officiated at the commemoration of Zambiaâ€™s 51st independence anniversary at Railway Ground that Government is aware of the effects of poor rainfall in some parts of the country.
â€œThe Government is also committed to ensuring that parts of the country, which had poor harvest in the last farming season as a result of poor rainfall patterns do not face hunger.
â€œTo this end, Government has started dealing with this issue through the provision of relief food to the affected areas,â€ Ms Kapata said.
Ms Kapata assured people in areas experiencing hunger that no one will die of hunger.
Ms Kapata said the poor rainfall patterns the country is experiencing is as a result of environment challenges.
She said Government is promoting agricultural methods that are adaptive and resilient to climate change.
Meanwhile, Government has called for concerted efforts in addressing poaching, overharvesting of fish and forest resources.
Ms Kapata has observed that if the environment is destroyed, the country risks experiencing difficult living conditions characterised by drought and unproductive agricultural land.
Ms Kapata said environmental degradation, as a result of charcoal-making and illegal trade in tree species such mukula, should be prevented.
And NKWETO NFULA reports that Chingola acting District Commissioner Philip Kalima has called on the people to embrace the transformation progarmme being championed by President Lungu to bring development in the country.
Mr Kalima said there is need for change of mindset to foster national development in the country.
He said national unity and peace the country has enjoyed since attaining independence in 1964 are key ingredients for continued investments.
Mr Kalima also thanked the people of Chingola for turning out in numbers to attend the national prayers for reconciliation and fasting on October 18, 2015.
And CHINOYI CHIPULU reports that Chingola District Former Freedom Fighters Association acting coordinator Maselino Bwembya has called on the people in the district to rally behind President Lungu to guard the independence of the country jealously.
â€œThis independence did not come about on a silver platter. Many people died during the struggle,â€ he said.
And in Chililabombwe, people from all walks of life turned out in numbers to attend the independence celebrations held at Konkola stadium.
Chililabombwe District Commissioner Stuart Chitumbo called on the people to remain united for Zambia to continue being the beacon of peace in Africa and beyond.
And BILKE MULENGA reports from Mansa that Minister of Local Government and Housing Stephen Kampyongo says government will encourage efforts by all chiefs in the country to come up with strategic plans for their chiefdoms which will capture the village unity and development.
Speaking when he officiated at this yearâ€™s independence celebration in Mansa held at Kaole Stadium, Mr Kampyongo said a developed village should be characterised by good roads, housing, clean water, sanitation, health, education, agriculture and law enforcement facilities and services among others.
The minister also indicated that it is in this way that people in rural areas will enjoy the fruits of development.
â€œGovernment is committed to ensuring that villages no longer be centres of poverty, but places where people can enjoy life just like those in urban areas,â€ he said.
Speaking at the same function Luapula Province permanent secretary Boniface Chimbwali says the PF government has led a foundation of development in all communities of this country.
He said through the developmental projects the current government has initiated, people are now accessing good and quality services just at their door steps.
Meanwhile, CHRISTINE CHIHAME reports that Kalulushi district commissioner Mulenga Kampamba urged Zambians regardless of their political affiliations to promote the spirit of reconciliation.
â€œIf we fail to uphold unity, peace and stability, we will betray the spirit of our founding mothers and fathers. There is no problem that cannot be solved without dialogue,â€ Ms Kampamba said.
Ms Kampamba said there is need to promote unity at all levels in order for Zambia to be transformed into a developed country.
She said the independence that the country is celebrating is a product of the courage and immense sacrifice by the founding fathers and mothers who liberated the country from colonialism.
In Mufulira, MWILA NTAMBI reports that Mufulira district commissioner Zakeyo Kamanga says there is need to consolidate the countryâ€™s independence by upholding the values of justice and freedom that the liberators fought for.
â€œIt is for this reason that we have to acknowledge with gratitude their contribution,â€ Mr Kamanga said.
And Bwalya Chinda, a freedom fighter, urged young people to embrace the culture of hard work if development is to be realised.
Mr Chinda observed that idleness and laziness will not develop the country.
ELIZABETH CHATUVELA, Mongu