UPND President Hakainde Hichilema says his party values national heritage and will work to preserve it when it forms government.
Mr Hichilema was speaking during this year’s Samu Lya Moomba Lwiindi traditional ceremony in Chieftaincy Choongo in Monze.
He stated that the UPND remains committed to turning the traditional ceremony into a tourist attraction.
“This is an area where funds were raised to enable our country’s First President Kenneth Kaunda, Harry Mwaanga Nkumbula and other freedom fighters to travel to the United Kingdom to broker our country’s independence,” Mr Hichilema said.
He recounted that private meetings were held in this area and cattle sold from across Southern Zambia to raise money for air tickets and allowances which enabled founding fathers to travel abroad in pursuit of independence.
“After the sale of cattle, £300 was raised here which saw Dr Kaunda and others travel to UK for independence negotiations. These historic areas are key in upholding the origin of our country’s independence and we shall work round the clock to ensure that Samu Lya Moomba Lwiindi occupies its rightful prominent place in Zambia’s history,” he remarked.