Zambia and the rest of Africa celebrate the Africa Freedom Day today. This day reminds us of the sacrifices made by our founding fathers that led to the liberation of Africa. For Zambia, we must consider the high price paid by freedom fighters and find a meaningful way to say thank you to them.
The MMD proposes that the honoring of those who contributed to our independence be holistic. Zambia has failed to honor its freedom fighters in a manner that befits them. Most freedom fighters are dying in abject poverty with no cushioning for them. Our freedom fighters must be honored both in life and in death.
It is heartwarming to see how ANC of South Africa celebrates its Freedom Fighters with passion. Their funerals are always a spectacle and a platform to eulogize the anti-apartheid struggle. This is important for the younger generation to know their national history. We urge government to honor both our fallen and living heroes.
As we strive to see the total freedom for our country, this day should remind us of how difficult life has become for the ordinary Zambian. The ordinary Zambian struggles month after month to pay his basic bills like, rent, electricity, water, food and clothing. These should never be viewed as luxuries but basic necessities. We remain a poor country as long as Zambians live their lives struggling to pay for these basics.
We need to bring our country to a place where these basics no longer crowd our minds, but innovation and fulfilling individual dreams. Nations in the Western Hemisphere have reached a place where bare necessities are not the reasons for their existence, but their energies are expended on exploring space, inventing new things and improving their environment.
May this Africa Freedom Day help us reduce politicking and for once look at how we can together leave the basic platform of life and embrace a life of fulfilling long held personal dreams.
Congratulations Zambia on this great day.
Dr Nevers Sekwila Mumba