The Zambia United National Freedom Fighters Association (ZUNFFA) has implored government to maintain its long standing relationship with China, and not get destructed by the negative talks from some sections of society.
Association Co-Patron Sikota Wina says China supported Zambia in its liberation struggle, adding that freedom fighters made several trips to China for consultations before attaining independence, hence creating good relations which should be cherished.
Mr. Wina explained that there are no indications suggesting that that China wants to colonise Africa.
He said those making allegations are just ignorant and lack knowledge on what China did for Zambia in the post independent era.
Speaking at a press briefing in Lusaka today, Mr. Wina said Zambia has seen a lot of infrastructure development through the involvement of the Chinese government which should be appreciated by all well-meaning Zambians.
He also appreciated President Edgar Lungu’s stance on infrastructure development, noting that it has changed the face of the country.
And Mr. Wina has called on government to continue improving the welfare of freedom fighters in the country.
He explained that most freedom fighters live in abject poverty as they have no source of income to sustain their lives.
He noted that this is why there is need for government to consider including a social fund for freedom fighters in the 2019 national budget.
He also commended government for being the first government to recognise the freedom fighters association and further pledging to work with them.
Mr Wina however, disclosed that the research and validation process to take stock of freedom fighters in the country, as directed by President Edgar Lungu has not been concluded due to lack of funds.
He noted that the association resolved to approach government through cabinet office to provide funds for the process which has not been done.
He stated that to this effect the process has only be done on the Copperbelt Province hence the need for the President to intervene in the matter for the betterment of freedom fighters.