Zambia on Sunday marked 57 years of independence from Britain with events held in various parts of the country.
President Hakainde Hichilema led the main event held in Lusaka, the country’s capital, which started with the laying of wreaths at the Freedom Statue in honor of people who died while fighting for the country’s independence.
The ceremony was characterized by the demonstration of military drills by the defense forces.
The event later moved to the Embassy Park, the burial place of the country’s former presidents, where the Zambian leader led other dignitaries in laying wreaths.
The event then moved to State House for an investiture ceremony where the Zambian president honored people from various sectors for their contribution to the country’s development.
In his address, the Zambian president called on citizens to put their differences aside and unite for the benefit of the country.
He said there was a need for unity of purpose if the country was to attain economic and social independence, adding that it was unacceptable that the country was still poor 57 years after independence.
The Zambian president, who urged citizens to show patriotism and promote national unity, further paid glowing tribute to the country’s freedom fighters for fighting for the country’s independence.
According to him, it was the desire of his government to develop the country through economic transformation, adding that it was through economic transformation that the country will become food secure, reduce poverty and create jobs, especially for the young people.