Former United Party for National Development (UPND) Vice President for politics Canisius Banda has dispelled the historical records that Zambia was a British colony and that the country became independent on 24thOctober 1964 as it existed since time immemorial, reports Pan African Radio Journalist Hermit Hachilonde.
In a statement issued a day after Zambia commemorated her 52nd Independence Anniversary on 24th October, Dr. Banda said that the history of Zambia was wrongly told and it is high time that Zambians are told the truth about the history of Zambia which was not fully understood and this has remained the case even today.
He explained that Cecil Rhodes of the British-South African Company (BSA) and other Dutch traders seized some lands in the ‘Dark Continent’ as Africa was referred to including the modern day Zambia which was named Northern Rhodesia after his name and turned into a British Territory in 1924.
Dr. Banda said indigenous dwellers in Zambia had already inhabited the land for thousands of years and were independent.
According to Dr. Banda, who has styled himself as a developmental activist after his exit from the UPND last month, on 24 October, 1964 Zambians simply regained control of their land stating that the apparent Independence Day was a mere Restoration Day.
He has since stressed the need to reflect the right symbolism of 24thOctober and suggested that it must be termed ‘Reclamation or Restoration Day’ because to reclaim independence and become independent are two different things.
“Note that Zambia was never colonized. It was never a British colony. History cannot be changed. But it can be wrongly told. It is then important for ourselves and our children that we know the truth, that our children are told their history correctly” Dr. Banda said