—Kapiri Mposhi District Commissioner, Beatrice Sikazwe, has urged freedom fighters in the district to be united in order for government to easily work with them.
Ms Sikazwe said government was facing challenges in coordinating activities involving freedom fighters in the district because of disorganisation and lack of unity amongst themselves.
Currently, there are at least two splinter committees representing freedom fighters in the district, making it difficult for government to work with them.
Ms Sikazwe said government was encountering problems to coordinate activities concerning the welfare of freedom fighters and the preparation of the Golden Jubilee commemorations through several committees for freedom fighters existing in the district.
“There is no single committee addressing or representing freedom fighter. We have two committees that are always engaged in bickering. However, we want our freedom fighters to unite if they are to receive due recognition and consideration in government programs,” Ms Sikazwe said.
Meanwhile, Ms Sikazwe has said government will soon screen the membership of all the committees representing freedom fighters in the district to ensure that only those above 75 years retained membership.
The DC stated that according to government a person is not eligible to be a freedom fighter if they are below 75 years.
“We have a problem where even people who are 60 years and below are claiming to be freedom fighters. You wonder how someone who was five years old in 1964 managed to fight for freedom so we intend to screen these committees before recognising any of them because we want to have genuine freedom fighters,” Ms Sikazwe said.
And freedom fighters in the district have appealed for government’s intervention to amicably unite the splinter committees for freedom fighters.
Bright Ng’ambi said there was need to settle differences amongst the members of the several committees before the Golden Jubilee commemorations.