Chief Mumena of North Western Province says there is need for political players to put their perceived political differences behind and the interest of the nation first as the country celebrates 53 years of independence.
And the traditional leader says it does not make sense for anyone to shun the Uhuru celebrations.
Chief Mumena says politicians and Zambians in general should emulate the spirit of the forefathers who united to liberate the country from the colonial masters.
The Chief told ZNBC News in Solwezi that there is need for unity of purpose to achieve economic emancipation.
He charged that today is not a day to politick and trivialize independence celebrations, but for people to put aside their political regalia and speak with one voice.
And Copperbelt Minister Bowman Lusambo says government wants to give the people of Zambia economic freedom through increased agricultural production.
Mr. Lusambo says the Copperbelt Province is poised to drive the diversification agenda by making the region an agricultural hub by 2021.
He says government has already shown commitment to transforming the province from being copper dependent to agriculture through its diversification agenda.
Mr. Lusambo says agriculture has potential to create thousands of jobs and create wealth for the people.
Speaking during commemorations to mark 53 years of Zambia’s independence, Mr. Lusambo also called for peace and unity in the country.
He said the gallant men and women fought for political independence and it is now up to the current generation to maintain peace and unity in the country.
And Ndola Central Member of Parliament Emmanuel Mulenga thanked the residents of Ndola for turning up in numbers to celebrate independence.
He said the Copperbelt is enjoying massive development with various projects to the tune of over One billion US dollars.
Meanwhile, Captain Dominic Mubanga from the commando unit encouraged Zambians to continue being united.