Zambia has today the 24th of October marked 54 years of independence from British colonial rule.
And President Edgar Lungu and his Zimbabwean counterpart Emerson Mnangagwa led foreign dignitaries and service chiefs in laying wreaths at the Freedom Statue in Lusaka.
The wreath laying ceremony which was characterized by solemnly music and a special gun salute, was in honor of freedom fighters that lost their lives during the struggle for Zambia’s independence.
After laying wreaths at the Statue, President Lungu and President Mnangagwa shared a moment with foreign dignitaries and government officials that attended the ceremony.
Others that were in attendance are former Republican President Rupiah Banda, Chief Justice Irene Mambilima and Speaker of the National Assembly Patrick Matibini.
Scores of Lusaka residents who turned up for the wreath laying ceremony cheered President Lungu and his Zimbabwean counterpart who in turn walked closer to the crowd to greet them.
The two Head of States thereafter departed the Freedom Statue for State House ahead of the investiture ceremony and state reception.
By post time the investiture ceremony had already began with first Republican President Kenneth Kaunda in attendance.