Mansa, October 24th , 2014, ZANIS ———– Business came to a standstill as hundreds of patriotic Mansa residents trekked to Kaole Stadium to celebrate the golden jubilee Celebrations as early as 07:00 hours.
Community Development Mother and Child Health Minister Emerine Kabashi led the eager residents to the stadium characterized with pomp and splendor characterized by songs and dances.
The Zambia police service and other defence units were also on hand with their respective bands playing patriotic songs in line with the celebrations held under the theme: “Commemorating God’s favour of 50 years of independence for continued
Peace, unity, patriotism and prosperity.”
And Ms. Kabanshi advised residents in the area to continue upholding and embrace at all costs the spirit of selflessness, sacrifice and patriotism that freedom fighters exhibited during the freedom struggle.
She said there is need to continue building the country regardless of disparities adding that determination, unity, and sacrifice was the way to take the country forward under the national motto : One Zambia One Nation.
The Minister however warned that the unity in diversity that Zambia is enjoying today is not a coincidence as it took painstaking efforts to achieve.
Speaking at the same function Luapula Province Minister Brigadier General Benson Kapaya underscored the role that peace plays in both political and economical development.
General Kapaya has since called on all Zambians to avoid statement that can destabilize the people saying the peace that the country is enjoying was fought at a great cost.
He added that as people celebrate the golden jubilee there is need to embrace a spirit of forgiveness.
And Luapula Province Freedom Fighters Association Chairman Festus Chisha called on all Zambians to desist from corruption and tribalism.
Mr Chisha says during the freedom struggle the people of Zambia were not free they were regarded as dogs.
He added that now that the country is liberated the people should united in developing the country and not engages corruption or tribalism.
Mr Chisha says the freedom fighters did their part and that onus is now on all the Zambian people to remain united and develop the country.