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Vice President speaks on preserving peace, unity ahead of Zambia’s 60 years of independence


Zambians have been urged to continue to uphold, protect and treasure the peace the country has enjoyed since attaining independence in 1964.

Vice President Mutale Nalumango said this when she unveiled the logo and theme for Zambia’s 60 years of independence commemorations.

This year’s celebration would be held under the theme “60 years strong: Honouring our heritage, embracing the future”.

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Nalumango said the peace Zambians have experienced for 60 years should never be taken for granted.

The Vice President said the nation’s stability remained rooted on peace, security and political stability.

The Vice President said the theme was a symbol of the country’s principles of unity.

“This theme speaks to who we are, a united people ready to forge ahead in the midst varied challenges at global and domestic levels. Let us, therefore, continue to tap into the abundant human and natural resources for the benefit of our great nation, Zambia,” she said.

Speaking earlier, Minister of Local Government and Rural Development, Gary Nkombo, indicated that some citizens lived in unsanitary conditions 60 years after independence.

Nkombo, however, assured that government was working hard towards improving the situation.

“This is the reason why the theme sits right at the heart of the activities and my Ministry. Our promise to yourselves who are supervising us is we are going to do everything possible to sanitise our country, to help us and our citizens to live in conditions that are less degrading,” the Minister said.

Lusaka Province Minister, Sheal Mulyata, in a speech read on her behalf by Permanent Secretary, Robert Kamalata, said 60 years of independence offered an opportunity to reflect on the sacrifices made by heroes of Zambia’s liberation struggle.

“We remember the sacrifices made by our forefathers who fought for liberation and the Zambia we have today,” Mulyata said.

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