Secretary to Cabinet Roland Msiska has implored Zambians to aspire and reflect on the vision of the first President Kenneth Kaunda and other founding fathers of the nation.
Dr. Msiska said the vision of our founding fathers was based on hard work, love and unity and should be understood and passed on from this generation to the next.
He said national symbols such as the coat of arms, the Zambian flag and the national anthem provides an opportunity on what the country has achieved since independence.
The Secretary to cabinet was speaking in Lusaka today during the official launch and unveiling of the 50th Independence anniversary logo held at the Mulungushi International Conference Centre.
Last year and prior to the launch, government has been calling on all public bodies, the private sector as well as individuals from all walks of life to join the nation as it celebrates the country’s attainment of 50 years of independence and start making preparations on how to brand the country to mark Zambia’s Golden jubilee of independence.
The Golden Jubilee celebrations theme is, “Commemorating God’s Favour of Zambia’s 50 years of independence for continued peace, unity, democracy and prosperity.”
He said the vision as articulated in the words of the national anthem, the flag and coat of arms embodied unity, progress, sovereignty, permanence, loyalty, authority, justice, dignity and the elevation of the people and liberation of Zambia and the African continent as a whole.
He said the vision of the founding fathers must be kept alive in our daily lives this year through to independence and beyond 2014 and must not be lost.
He added that the country’s triumphant history must not be forgotten and our boasted peace, unity and prosperity must be guarded jealously.
Dr. Msiska said artificial divisions excite any action to dishonour our beloved country, Zambia.
“The 50th anniversary celebrations represent a generational shift, a chance for renewal of that vision, restoration of all we have lost, repentance in those areas we may have erred and reconciliation to rejuvenate our unity,” he said.
Speaking earlier, Cabinet Office Permanent Secretary for Administration at Annie Sinyangwe said the celebrations of Zambia’s 50 years of independence are in full gear.
Mrs. Sinyangwe said government will communicate the guidelines to all the stakeholders about the logo and give Zambia a public face through adverts and Zambian tailored products ahead of the 2014 independence celebrations.
She commended the Zambia at 50 golden jubilee secretariat for their tireless work and appealed to the Zambian people to generously donate towards the hosting of this noble cause at Indo-Zambia Bank North end Branch or get information on [email protected]“>[email protected].
Zambia @50 Secretariat Chairperson Mulenga Kapwepwe disclosed that the Secretariat would be receiving submissions from the Zambian people on how best to make the 2014 independence celebrations a memorable event.
Meanwhile, an employee from the Standard Chartered Bank, Angelus Mubita has scooped the 2014 Zambia’s 50th Independence Anniversary logo. He beats other 105 participants who entered the logo design competition.
Standard Chartered Bank Managing Director Andrew Okai said in a separate interview that the bank is honoured and congratulated Mubita for the wining the prestigious award.
The official launch of the logo was witnessed by Deputy Secretary to Cabinet Peter Kasanda, several Permanent Secretaries from government ministries, District Commissioners, Chief Executive Officers of private and quasi institutions and some ruling PF executive members including patriotic Zambians.