Submit vital information as part of jubilee celebrations, Zambians urged
A Senior civil servant at Cabinet Office has called for submissions from all Zambians on successful stories, events, national heritage sites and any other phenomenon worth noting which should form part of the jubilee that the country will be celebrating next year upon attaining 50 years of independence.
Permanent Secretary for Administration at Cabinet Office Anna Mwitwa made the call in Kawambwa on the sidelines of Ntumbachushi waterfalls where she addressed government workers from both Kawambwa and Mwansabombwe districts of Luapula province.
She said Zambia will be celebrating 50 years of independence next year under the theme “Celebrating Gods favour of 50 years of independence for continued peace, unity, prosperity, democracy and patriotism”.
Ms Mwitwa said submissions of proposals of how it should be done should be submitted through the offices of District Commissioners countrywide or brought to her office in Lusaka.
She said the event will be a countrywide issue and all districts through offices of the District Commissioner should find positive things from which they should develop success stories to share on the day.
The Cabinet office Administration Permanent Secretary said September 15, 2013 will be the deadline for receiving submissions so that her office could start preparing for the events before the national budget consolidation period was over.
Ms Mwitwa said it would be important for people to write about restoring national heritage sites like the Ntumbachushi waterfalls site and other sites which were of historical significance.
She said even people who were born in the same year when Zambia got her independence and have demonstrated notable feats of patriotism for the country should be part of the event.
And speaking during a Dinner at Henry Courtyard in Mansa on Wednesday, Secretary to the Cabinet Roland Msiska said the jubilee celebrations should be a reminder of the great things that were happening in Zambia.
Dr Msiska said the significance of a jubilee according to the Hebrew practice was that it was a year to free slaves and releasing people who were living in debt.
He explained that jubilee meant restoration from a bad state to a better one and Zambia has since demonstrated that through re-naming National Airports by names of people who exhibited resilience and an unwavering attitude towards demands of patriotism during the Independence struggle.
He said Harry Mwanga Nkumbula, Simon Mwansa Kapwepwe, Kenneth Kaunda International airports were good examples of celebrating the achievements of the founding fathers of the nation.
And Kawambwa District Commissioner Ivor Mpasa urged the government workers to submit the proposals in good time so that they could be a part to the bigger picture of 50 years celebrations.