PRESIDENT Edgar Lungu says Africa should avoid vices such as ethnic divisions, regionalism and other forms of segregation but instead preach love and peace.
President Lungu said he would continue to preach the ‘One Zambia, One nation’ motto which Namibia should adopt and continue to resonate in its political and socio-economic undertakings between Zambia and Namibia.
Mr Lungu said it was important for Africa to preach love and unity as the two virtues remained key ingredients towards the attainment of development.
“Africa should guard against preaching hate and division considering some people lost their lives to bring about independence and freedom,” he said.
President Lungu made the remarks when he officiated at the commemoration of the 49th anniversary of Namibian Heroes Day at Heroes Acre National Monument in Windhoek yesterday under the invitation of this country’s President Hage Geingob.
The Zambian President said leaders on the continent should commit themselves to doing right things without any selfish motives if the continent had to achieve growth and write its own history.
He said in fulfilling the vision of former Namibian president Sam Nujoma, there was need to guard the independence jealousy.
“The Namibian people are now masters of this vast land of our ancestors. The destiny of this country is now fully in your hands. We should, therefore, look forward to the future with confidence and hope,” Mr Lungu said.
“August 26, 1966 is indeed an important landmark in the history of Namibia’s struggle for independence. This day does not only signify the beginning of a pot-rated armed resistance but is also a vivid reminder that the freedom that the country now enjoys was attained at a great cost with much sacrifice because many people lost their lives while others were maimed and traumatised.”
Mr Lungu was happy that Namibia had continued to commit itself to the rule of law which was influencing the way of life by the citizens.
He has since assured Namibia that freedom fighters that are still buried in Zambia are equally accorded a decent burial in Namibia.
President Geingob said the peace which the country had been enjoying should be upheld for the sake of the people who fought for independence and lost their lives.
Dr Geingob paid tribute for the role played by Zambia during the liberation struggle and that his country would adopt the ‘One Namibia, One Nation’ motto.
He said Zambia should not be regarded as a ‘foreign’ country because of its support which went back to the independence struggle.
The two presidents also led the families to three heroes who were reburied at the Heroes Square and laid wreaths.
Meanwhile, Dr Geingob has described Zambia as an all-weather friend that stood for Namibia’s liberation struggle during difficult times.
The Namibian President said the issue of support of freedom fighters should not be politicised but looked at with an open mind.
Dr Geingob told journalists after a dinner hosted in honour of President Lungu at State House that Zambia had continued to offer its support in times of need.
He said Namibia would continue to hold Zambia in high esteem because of the role it had continued to play in the Southern African region.
President Lungu is accompanied to Namibia by Foreign Affairs Minister Harry Kalaba, his Special Assistant for Press and Public Relations Amos Chanda and Special Assistant for Political Affairs Kaizer Zulu.