Chief Government Spokesperson Mwansa Kapeya has congratulated the Patriotic Front (PF) and Movement for Multiparty Democracy (MMD) on the exemplary behaviour of their cadres during the funeral of the late Health Deputy Minister, Patrick Chikusu, who was put to rest at Leopard’s Memorial Park in Lusaka yesterday.
Mr Kapeya, who is also Information and Broadcasting Services Minister, said the friendly and peaceful manner members of various political parties sang and mingled together during the Church service of the late Health Deputy Minister at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross is symbolic of Zambia’s impeccable credentials as an oasis of peace, unity and stability the country is renowned for world-over.
He said this in a Press statement made available to ZANIS in Lusaka today.
Mr Kapeya said this underscores the fact that parties are political competitors and not enemies.
He added that Zambians are one people and one destiny despite political diversity.
“Our sole and overriding enemy, as a nation, is under-development and all its off-shoots which we should fight as a united front in order to make Zambia a better and prosperous place for all,” Mr Kapeya said.
Mr Kapeya noted that the peaceful behaviour of political parties at yesterday’s funeral and during the recently held Mansa Central Parliamentary by-election in Luapula Province also resonates well with the spirit of the current festive season in which we celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ as Saviour and Prince of Peace.
“Let this be the daily characteristic of our continued unity in diversity as a nation,” Mr Kapeya stated.
He expressed that government, under the leadership of President Michael Sata, re-iterates its commitment to building an inclusive, peaceful and united Zambia in which all the citizens are equal participants and beneficiaries of the national development agenda.