Sata to officiate at Kitwe’s 49th Independence Day celebrations


PRESIDENT Sata will next Thursday officiate at the 49th Independence Day celebrations in Kitwe, Copperbelt permanent secretary Stanford Msichili has confirmed.
Mr Msichili said in an interview in Ndola yesterday that the celebrations will be held at the Kitwe Playing Fields and that the full programme will be released soon.
He said Government decided to move this year’s Independence Day celebrations from Lusaka to Kitwe as a way of thanking the electorate on the Copperbelt who voted en masse for the Patriotic Front (PF) in the 2011 general elections.
“This year’s independence anniversary celebrations will be done with a difference because we have been formally informed that President Michael Sata is coming to grace the independence anniversary celebrations in Kitwe,” Mr Mschili said.
This year’s independence anniversary will be celebrated under the theme: ‘Commemorating our independence with God’s favour with continued democracy, unity, peace and prosperity’.
Mr Mschili said the theme is significant and biblical because the country will soon celebrate its Golden jubilee.
“We are honoured as a province to have, for the first time, a Head of State coming to celebrate independence with us. He has done so in order to thank the electorate in the province since the party enjoyed most support from people in this region. To this, we can only say that we are humbled,” Mr Mschili said.
He said President Sata will be accompanied by cabinet ministers, diplomats and freedom fighters.
Mr Msichili said the investiture ceremony to recognise the contribution of gallant men and women to Zambia’s liberation struggle will also be done during the celebrations in Kitwe.
“It is a fully fledged ceremony because even freedom fighters have been invited and they will take centre stage. We have also invited people across all political lines and 200 people from each district on the Copperbelt to come and be a part of the celebrations,” Mr Mschili said.