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All one, strong and free

Youthful Living with PASTOR MOYO M
IT IS not the first time that Zambia has multiparty political system.
It is said we are in the third republic because Zambia, in its infant stage, was a multiparty state until 1973 when it became a one party participatory democracy.
In 1991, Zambians decided to revert to the multiparty political system. This means that Zambians can draw lessons from its founding fathers and mothers who remained and emphasised on unity in political diversity.
One of the evidences among many, indicating the emphasis on unity is the inclusion in the national anthem of the phrase “All one, strong and free”.
This phrase was purposefully put in our national anthem and translated into different languages to remind us of our interconnectedness.
The word “All” is an acknowledgement of rich gender, racial and ethnic diversity among Zambians.
The word “One” emphasises the unity of the rich diversity. Therefore, I believe our patriarchs and matriarchs viewed being Zambian as the unifying factor of the rich diversity.
The phrase also speaks of the unity in diversity that is strong and free. This teaches us that our strength and freedom as Zambians is attained by emphasising on our common ground that we are citizens of the same nationality.
The blending of the rich diversity strengthens our nation for the common good of all Zambians.
We may be different in terms of places of origin, ethnicity, gender and race, but we can still live as one people.
It is important in this post-election period to live up to the dream of the Zambian patriarchs and matriarchs of standing together, acknowledging that our diversity is meant to enrich us and not divide us.
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