Opposition leader Hakainde Hichilema and his wife Mutinta today clock 29 years in marriage on Sunday as UPND leader remains detained by police.
And Mr Hichilema says he never knew he would celebrate his birthday and marriage anniversary in prison.
Writing on his Facebook page, Mr Hichilema said 31st July is a special day for him and his wife Mutinta because it is on this day that God, almighty made it possible for them to join hands and begin sharing and caring for each other.
“When Mutinta came to see me in prison this morning she said as I listened, “My dear husband, today is our marriage anniversary and had it not been for this situation, we would have gathered with family and friends at home and share stories of our journey, but please do not despair, for we will surely soon celebrate. The people of this great nation will also join, but always remember that together with the nation, we will always be there for you,” Mr Hichilema narrated.
“Families make Nations,” so the saying goes, indeed each one of us makes our country. It therefore goes without saying that a united family is very important for a country,” he added.
“Mutinta and I shared sad stories of how marriages are breaking up and in some cases, couples going to the extent of maiming and even killing each other, leaving children hopeless and vulnerable. There is no need for people in the nation to begin killing each other especially over marriage disputes,” he wrote.
“Families at every level must be encouraged to amicably resolve differences. Charity begins at home. If we can settle our differences amicably at home, then certainly we can with God’s guidance settle differences at a national level.”
He stated, “I never knew I would celebrate my birthday and marriage anniversary in prison. All we can only say is that God has a plan for everyone out there.”
“Lastly, as Mutinta was about to leave the Mukobeko maximum prison, she held my hands and said “HH, we are stronger together even in today’s marriage anniversary but we are made even more stronger by the nation”.
“And happily my Mutinta added, ” HH, 29 years of our marriage only seems like yesterday to me and I pray to God to continue giving us wisdom, strength and more days”. Dear friends, thank you for your continued support and may God bless you all. And may God bless our country.”