Jubilee has turned a new page for Zambia – SACCORD

Zambia's 50th Independence Day event
Zambia's 50th Independence Day event

The Southern African Center for the Constructive Resolution of disputes (SACCORD) says Zambia’s Golden Jubilee has turned a new page in the country’s history where the old guard will now have to give way for the new generation.

Executive Director Boniface Cheembe has suggested that this means that the issue of blaming the old guard for what has happened in the past will have to change going forward in the next 50 years.

Mr. Cheembe says the onus now remains on the young generation to chat a way forward in ensuring that Zambia’s next 50 years is made better by improving on what has been achieved in the last 50 years that the country has been independent from colonial rule.

He says SACCORD finds Zambia’s turning 50 years of independence as being an historical moment which determines the page on where the country wants to go.

The SACCORD Executive Director notes while the country reflects on where it wants to go it must also reflect on where it has come from.

He says the greatest achievement that Zambia has attained in the last 50 years is the general maintenance of peace and security at the political level.

Mr. Cheembe says this stability that the country has seen since independence is thus important if the nation is to enjoy the fruits of its democracy.

He says going forward there is need to translate this political independence into much greater things for the people of Zambia such as greater peace and greater economic benefits to allow all Zambians an opportunity to attain their life projects.