United Liberal Party (ULP) President, Sakwiba Sikota, National Democratic Focus leader Benjamin Mwila and All People’s Congress leader Kenneth Ngondo, told ZANISÂ in separate interviews that non-partisan events such as African Freedom Day should be celebrated by everyone.
The trio, who were among many invited guest to the commemorative celebrations of
African Freedom Day at State House today, said this day was meant to only remember
the struggle for freedom in Africa.
Mr. Sikota said the event was not for a political party or an individual but for all Africans, that appreciated the role of freedom fighters in the continent.
“We should recognise those that fought for freedom in Africa. Let us make that dream
of those people who fought for freedom come true,” he said.
He said that everyone, regardless of one’s political affiliations, should unite and work towards achieving economic independence.
Mr. Mwila stated that African Freedom Day was a continental affair and therefore,
every African should take part in remembrance of those who fought for the continental freedom.
He urged all political party leaders and their members to reconcile their political difference and unite for the common good of Zambia and the African continent as a
Mr. Ngondo said political party leaders should respect invitations that come from the President by responding positively to them.
“This is a national event. Apart from receiving an invitation from cabinet office, I received a personal invitation from President Mwanawasa and I think we should respect the presidency,” he said.
He said African Freedom Day was a reminder of founding fathers and therefore, it should be commemorated by every peace loving African.
He however, urged cabinet office to identify all those people who contributed to the
liberation of African countries, and honour them.
In the recent past, most opposition political parties used to shun continental and national events held at State House, some demanding that such should be held at neutral venues.