PRESIDENT Lungu says he is aware of a scheme by some former colonial masters who want to regroup and take over the leadership of African countries.
The President said he will not allow anyone to bring back colonialism as long as he is head of State.
Speaking during an investiture ceremony to commemorate Africa Freedom Day at State House yesterday, Mr Lungu also wondered why some political parties shun public events when these are days when everyone should put their differences aside, and celebrate together.
“Whoever is not with us today because of politics is not a Zambian because if you are a Zambian, you should be very proud to be here,” he said.
He said forefathers fought hard to attain freedom, and there is no need to fight the same freedom which the forefathers fought hard for.
During the same event, President Lungu honoured Nkanza Laboratories proprietor Neil Nkanza, posthumously, for the role he played as a pathologist.
The Head of State also honoured boxer Catherine Phiri for winning a world title, and the national under 20 soccer team for winning the Africa Cup.
“These recognitions are intended to inspire young women and men to work even harder to take this country forward,” President Lungu said.
The President recognised first president Kenneth Kaunda and other founding fathers for their tenacity and commitment to Zambia’s liberation struggle.
He said the country has a lot to learn from Dr Kaunda and his counterparts.
Mr Lungu thanked God for his grace and favour over Zambia.
This year’s African freedom day was being celebrated under the theme ‘harnessing the demographic dividend through investment in the youth’.
The President said this is a global theme, and Zambia should set standards to show that it can quickly harness the dividends.
“I believe we can make dramatic changes by being focused,” he said.
Hundreds of people gathered for the celebrations that were marked by song, dance and a luncheon hosted by President Lungu.
Those who attended the function included Dr Kaunda, Patriotic Front deputy secretary general Mumbi Phiri, Chief Justice Irene Mambilima, Speaker of the National Assembly Patrick Matibini, diplomats, and some opposition political party leaders.