KING Mswati III of Swaziland will grace this year’s Independence Day celebrations on October 24, Minister of Foreign Affairs Harry Kalaba has said.
Mr Kalaba said in an interview in Lusaka on Tuesday that King Mswati will arrive in the country on October 23 to officiate at Zambia’s 51st Independence Day celebrations.
“I want to confirm that His Excellency King Mswati of Swaziland will come and officiate at this year’s Independence Day celebrations.
“His Excellency will arrive in the country on October 23, together with his delegation,” he said.
The minister said King Mswati’s visit will strengthen the existing warm and cordial relations between Zambia and Swaziland.
The minister called on Zambians to thank God for “His infinite wisdom, love and mercy for guiding the nation peacefully from the time the country attained independence in 1964”.
This year’s Independence Day will be commemorated under the theme: ‘Laying the foundation for a smart Zambia, finding forgiveness.’
Mr Kalaba said the theme urges all the Zambians to unite and leave the past behind and embrace positive attitudes in all endeavours in building “a Zambia we want”.