Opposition parties urged to use May 25 to unite
Lusaka, May 25, ZANIS–Opposition Zambia Development Conference (ZADECO) says political parties in the country should use this year’s African Freedom Day to unite and bury their differences.
ZADECO president Langtone Sichone says the unity exhibited by both Zambian and foreign freedom fighters in removing the ‘political yoke’ from the colonial masters signals that politicians in the country should live above partisan politics because of the noble and common cause of serving the people.
Mr. Sichone says the Zambia is endowed with resources, human capital, and technology hence mature politically since peace and harmony has continued to exist from Independence to to-date.
He regretted that the main opposition leaders did not attend this year’s commemorations saying it sets a bad precedent to the up-coming young politicians in the country.
Mr. Sichone was speaking in an interview with ZANIS in Lusaka today on the sidelines of the Africa Freedom Day commemorations.
Zambia today joined the rest of the African continent in commemorating 50 years of the formation of the African Union-AU.
This year’s African Freedom Day is dubbed,” Pan Africanism and African Renaissance”.
Meanwhile, the main opposition political party leaders Dr. Nevers Mumba of the MMD and Hakainde Hichilema of the United Party for National Development (UPND) shunned the celebrations held in the Lusaka show grounds.
Opposition leaders that attended the celebrations included National Revolution Party president Dr. Cosmo Mumba, Elias Chipimo (NAREP), and Mike Mulongoti (People’s Party).
But on the other hand, Government has insisted that opposition political parties leaders including representatives from the ruling Patriotic Front were invited to attend the Freedom Day celebrations because it is an important even on the African calendar.
Republican Vice President Dr. Guy Scott accompanied by his wife Charlotte graced this year’s celebrations in Lusaka.