—-Minister of Commerce, Trade and Industry Robert Sichinga has implored the people of Isoka district to uphold the peace, unity and strides towards economic and democratic prosperity of Zambia.
Mr Sichinga recollected that Zambia has been an oasis of peace since it gained political independence 50 years ago hence the need for citizens to continue with the same ideology.
He noted that Zambia has never experienced acrimony among its citizens for many decades now.
“As we move from 1964 to 2014, we should look up to God and thank Him that he has given us favour not to have war in this country, no acrimony or killing since independence even though we have quarrelled among ourselves,” he said.
He said this in a preamble to his speech at a business workshop for small-scale and micro project business people who have gotten loans from the Citizens Economic Empowerment Commission (CEEC) in Isoka yesterday.
Mr Sichinga said it was with this background that government decided to celebrate the 50th independence with a theme that has a component of God’s favour.
“Let us count our blessings for God’s favour. Let us maintain peace and prosperity and respect for each one’s tribe,” he said.
The minister passionately said respect for one another’s tribe, region, clan and co-existence has weaved the Zambian society into oneness, a development he said has promoted peace in the country.