The opposition United Party for National Development (UPND) has hinted that it plans to shun this year’s 51st independence celebrations in protest at the current economic hardships Zambians are facing.
The opposition political party feels it does not make sense to wine and dine at State functions when a majority of the people in the country are struggling to survive.
UPND Deputy Spokesperson Edwin Lifwekelo has told QFM News via telephone that the party will instead engage in charity work by making donations of various goods to the underprivileged in society.
Mr. Lifwekelo says while 24th October is an important day for all Zambians, the PF has diluted the essence of celebrating it.
Meanwhile, Every Home for Christ Regional Director Richard Kakuwa says there is no need for politicians to shun Independence Day celebrations because 24th October is a national day and not a PF event.
Bishop Dr. Kakuwa says this is the time for all Zambians to show each other love.
He says the government has even done well to come up with a theme that is encouraging Zambians despite their political affiliation to reconcile and open new chapters in life.