Southern Province Minister Daniel Munkombwe has urged people not to shun the independence celebrations on grounds of high poverty levels.
Speaking in Livingstone yesterday at the Independence eve celebrations, Mr. Munkombwe said there is no country that has no poor people adding that shunning the celebrations was not good.
The Minister said such sentiments are echoed by people that live in fantasy addeding that development is gradual and starts from somewhere.
“Other people are still dreaming and shunning Independence celebrations saying that they cannot celebrate independence in poverty. Which country does not have poor people? Even in the developed countries you can still find poor people,” he said.
Mr. Munkombwe said it is important to reconcile our differences for the sake of the peace Zambian people have enjoyed.
And President Rupiah Banda today led hundreds of Zambians to lay wreaths at the freedom Statue in honuor of fallen heroes.
Earlier, President Banda was accorded a 21-Gun salute.
And Zambia Army Chaplain Colonel James Phiri delivering his Independence Speech and quoting from the Bible in Genesis 13 reminded Zambians on how Abraham preached peace and reconciliation.
Col. Phiri said that all Zambian regardless of their political, social, and economical status should bury their differences and reconcile and love one another.
Col. Phiri, who is also Reverend and Zambia Army Director of Religion and Moral Services, urged Zambians to desist from quarrelling but preach brotherly hood noting that the declaration of Zambia a Christian nation is founded on One Zambia One Nation Motto.
Chief Justice Earnest Sakala, Speaker of the National Assembly Amusaa Mwanamwambwa, Lusaka Mayor Robert Chikwelete, cabinet ministers and opposition All Congress Party leader Kenny Ngondo witnessed the laying of wreaths at the Freedom Statute.
Others are International Labour Organization In-Charge of Zambia, Malawi and Mozambque Gerry Finnegan, patriotic Zambians and visiting sympathizers of the late South African nationalist, Oliver Tambo.