GBM New Year’s Message
My dear friends.
As we prepare to enter the New Year 2014 I wish to offer a wish, from my family to yours, for joy, prosperity, and good health in 2014.
To me and my family, 2013 will be remembered as one in which I had to make to make a very principled but painful decision to choose between my family and a job in government as Defence Minister. Family values are very important because strong families produce strong and responsible individuals, the building blocks of any great nation.
I urge all friends and Zambians at large to find time to spend with your families and loved ones on this New Year’s Day.
In 2014, I urge all my friends and Zambians in general to continue the unity and peace we enjoy and reject the temptation of dividing ourselves based on tribe, class, political affiliation, race, and religion. We are One Zambia One Nation, a Free Nation under God. We are stronger when we are united, and weaker when we are divided. Remember united we stand, divided we fall, and a house divided against itself cannot stand. I am also certain that with the continued grace and protection of God Almighty, with the resilience we Zambians have, we will be able to make it through whatever difficult situations or turbulent times the future may have in store.
As we welcome this New Year 2014, with its infinite promises and possibilities, we also welcome the new blank page that it offers us. I call on all my friends and Zambians in general, especially my youthful friends, to play an active part in nation building: taking ownership of this country, and joining in the authorship of its story, which is our collective story-both young and old.
As we march towards 50 years of political freedom, let us, acting together—as one people and one nation— work together to build a better nation which future generations will consider the most pivotal and inspirational of them all.
Thank you for your friendship and support.
May God continue to bless our leaders and may He bless Zambia.
Happy New Year!