Chief Government spokesperson Mwansa Kapeya says the country’s sole and overriding enemy is underdevelopment and all its offshoots which should be fought as a united front to make Zambia a better and prosperous nation for all.
And Mr Kapeya has commended the Patriotic Front (PF) and the MMD for the exemplary behaviour of their cadres during the funeral of Deputy Minister of Health Patrick Chikusu at Lusaka’s Cathedral of the Holy Cross.
Let’s fight under-development, says Kapeya
He said Government, under President Sata, committed to build an inclusive, peaceful and united Zambia in which all the citizens are equal participants and beneficiaries of the national development agenda.
Mr Kapeya, who is also Minister of Information and Broadcasting Services said in a statement issued in Lusaka yesterday that the friendly and peaceful behaviour of political cadres at the funeral was commendable.
“The friendly and peaceful manner by members of various political parties when they sang and mingled together during the church service of the late Deputy Minister at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross is symbolic of Zambia’s impeccable credentials as an oasis of peace, unity and stability the country is renowned for world-over,” Mr Kapeya said.
He said the behaviour exhibited by political parties underscores the fact that political parties are competitors and not enemies.
Mr Kapeya said Zambians are one people with one destiny despite political diversity.
“The peaceful behaviour of political parties at yesterday’s funeral and during the recently held Mansa Central Parliamentary by-elections in Luapula Province also resonates well with the spirit of the current festive season in which we celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ as Saviour and Prince of Peace. Let this be the daily characteristic of our continued unity in diversity as a nation,” Mr Kapeya said.
Dr Chikusu died in South Africa last week and was buried at Lusaka’s Leopard’s Hill Memorial Park on Saturday.
And MMD die hard youth national coordinator Bowman Lusambo says Dr Chikusu’s death has united the nation and provided a rare reminder that politicians in Zambia could co-exist.
Mr Lusambo said at the funeral house and the requiem mass, MMD and PF women and youths sang and danced together in a show of unity and love.
“This is what we should be seeing from political parties. In the final analysis, the ultimate winner is and should always be Mother Zambia,” he said.
Mr Lusambo said the love exhibited should provide valuable lessons for the future of Zambia’s democracy and rulers should always respect people they rule.
He also welcomed Vice-President Guy Scott’s remarks that MMD Members of Parliament serving in the PF Government have contributed a lot.
SOURCE: Zambia Daily Mail