-Scott pays homage to freedom fighters

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Zambia has today joined the rest of the African continent in commemorating the African Freedom Day.


In the capital, Lusaka, Vice President joined scores of former freedom fighters, defence chiefs, cabinet ministers, senior government officials, traditional and opposition political party leaders, and parliamentarians in celebrating the day.


Dr. Scott who was guest of honour was accompanied by his wife Charlotte.


He thanked the freedom fighters who attended the event for their presence saying it was a reminder of the vital role they played in the struggle for independence.


Dr. Scott said their presence underscores the love they have for the nation .


He challenged artists to create music that will help the young generation to understand the past so that the future is faced with hope, determination and a great sense of who the citizens are.


 Dr Scott said by reflecting on the past Zambians should applaud the efforts of the founding fathers whose courage, sacrifice and vision brought freedom which Zambia continues to enjoy today.


The Vice President said Zambia helped to liberate some of her neighbours like Zimbabwe, Lesotho, Swaziland and South Africa among others but quickly pointed out that Zambia still has poverty challenges which it should be liberated from.


This year’s African Freedom Day is dubbed,” Pan Africanism and African Renaissance”.


Earlier in the day, Dr. Scott laid wreaths at the freedom statute in honour of the fallen heroes who contributed to the country’s political struggle.