Opposition UPND President Hakainde Hichilema says people should not take independence-day celebrations lightly but with the seriousness it deserves.
The UPND leader who celebrated independence day at Kumbaya Community School in Chaisa area of Mandevu constituency which houses over 400 orphans and less privileged children, says Zambia must now strive to achieve economic independence.
Mr. Hichilema, who was accompanied by Vice-President for Politics Dr. Canisius Banda, said the UPND was the right political party that will help Zambians realise the economic freedom.
Mr. Hichilema said he chose to visit and celebrate with the orphans so as to appreciate and sympathise with them the current economic hardships they were going through.
The UPND leader who donated among other assorted items, bags of mealie meal, bags of rice, containers of cooking, and K12,000 cheque to the school further pledged to be paying school fees for more than100 orphans at the school.
Mr. Hichilema, who thanked all UPND members across the country for turning out in numbers to celebrate independence, said there was no need to be dinning and winning alone when the majority Zambians were grappling with high poverty levels in the country.
He also said independence freedom fighters must be honoured by providing economic independence and that UPND feels duty bound to help them and called on all Zambians to vote for UPND in 2016 so as to attain the economic freedom.
He said this is because UPND believes in promoting economic freedom and affordable education for all.
He also called on all well-meaning Zambians to rally behind the UPND and its leadership ahead of the 2016 elections.