— Jubilee time for dreaming big- RB

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Fourth President Rupiah Banda, says Zambia’s 50th  independence anniversary is time for all the citizens to dream new dreams and embrace each other.



The former head of state has also called on God’s blessings on President Michael Sata, as Zambia commemorates her Golden Jubilee.



ZANIS reports that thi is contained in a statement issued by Deputy Administrative Assistant in the office of the fourth president, Kennedy Limwanya in Lusaka today.



In his message on the eve of Zambia’s 50thindependence anniversary, President Banda says now is the time for all Zambians to forgive each other as brothers and sisters regardless of origin, language, culture, religion or political affiliation.



“We are, before God, all one people, strong and free. This Jubilee time is the time to dream new dreams, embrace new hopes, and stand as one people,” counselled President Banda.



He said Zambians should look back at the past 50 years with gratitude, happiness and joy, and be grateful for the many men and women who have selflessly sacrificed and dedicated their lives to the cause of liberation, freedom, justice and common good.



“At 50, we look back but also forward. The vision of the liberation struggle has been achieved. It is past us now. But the vision for the future lies with us as we are at this threshold” said mr. Banda.



“As your past servant of this great country, I pray for all Zambian people and all who love us and celebrate with us that the blessings of our almighty God come upon our beloved President, our leaders from opposition political parties, our Government, civic leaders and all Zambians,” he added.



He hoped that the joy and warmth that characterise the Zambian people would continue and that Zambia’s unity would continue being a beacon of hope for more blessings to come.