SOUTHERN Province permanent secretary Sibanze Simuchoba has castigated Choma mayor Jevan Simoloka for staying away from the 2016 independence celebrations.
Mr Simuchoba made the remarks during yesterday celebrations held at the Choma Independence Stadium that it was a shame that the mayor decided to be unpatriotic by shunning the event.
“It’s remarkable that his worship the mayor of Choma Municipal Council has decided has decided to commit unpatriotic duty of absenting himself from the national event its really shame that are Zambians who take our peace for granted and play politics in circumstances not befitting the event,” he said .
Officiating during the event Southern province Minister Edify Hamukale said Zambia has continued to enjoy peace and unity since independence and called on the citizenry to observe this historic day with respect.
“It is in this regard that I call upon you all of you to observe this day with respect, dignity, joy and a great sense of national unity,” Dr Hamukale said.
He called on the youths who make up 60 percent of the country’s population to take advantage of the government’s interventions under the empowerment programmes.
He urged the youths to come up with bankable projects to help steer the developmental process of the respective districts, province and the country.
This year’s event was being commemorated under the theme ‘Working for greater Unity, hard work and patriotism.’
The event was proceeded by a match past by various government departments, schools, non-governmental organisations.