Sata thanks freedom fighters

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Sata thanks freedom fighters

Chipata, October 22, 2014, ZANIS….President Michael Sata has thanked freedom fighters for their contribution towards the country’s independence struggle.

In a salutation read for him by Captain Martin Liyunga from the Zambia Army during an investiture ceremony held in Chipata today, President Sata noted that freedom fighters played an important role to liberate country from the colonial rule.

In Eastern province 43 gallant men and women were honored for their various contribution to the country before, during and after independence as Zambia celebrates its 50 years of Independence on Friday October 24.

Among the recipients of the gold medals were freedom fighters who contributed to the struggle for independence while others were honored for their distinguish service.

Speaking in an interview with ZANIS after receiving her gold medal 83 year old Elina Jere called on Zambians to continuing upholding the peace and unity that the country has been enjoying in the last 50 years.

Mrs  Jere explained that what made Zambians conquer the colonial masters was unity and embracing  divergent views.

She said it was for this reason that Zambians should always work together and avoid situations that could bring divisions in the country adding that there was also need to uphold the tenets of democracy if the country is to develop.

William Siluweya who was honored for distinguished service has urged civil servants in the country to continue rendering  good service to the nation as they were key in interpreting government policies.

Mr. Siluweya served as the first Ambassador to Angola, Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Eastern province said public workers should support the policies of the government of the day.

And Father Edmond Ryan who was also honored for distinguished service has appealed to the church to continue working with government in uplifting the living standards of people in the country.

Fr Ryan said the church has a role to play in helping government meet the needs of people especially in the provision of social services such as education and health.

He further congratulated Zambia for the massive infrastructure development being  undertaken in most parts of the country.

Zambia will this Friday on October 24 celebrate its golden jubilee anniversary under the theme “Commemorating  God’s favour of 50 years of independence for continued peace, unity, democracy, patriotism and prosperity”.