Hundreds of Chipata residents are celebrating Zambia’s 52nd independence at David Kaunda Stadium in Chipata.
The celebration is characterized by various activities such as silent and battle drills by men and women in uniform, performances by various choirs and majorettes.
And speaking at the occasion, Freedom Fighters Association Provincial Chairperson, Frank Banda has expressed disappointment with opposition political parties for shunning the event.
Mr. Banda, who could not read his speech, says he prepared the speech to address opposition political parties to explain to them the importance of unity.
He described it as a shame that only the ruling PF, Patriotic Front Party participated in marching.
Mr. Banda however, thanked government for recognizing the role of freedom fighters in the amended constitution.
He also thanked President Edgar Lungu for choosing a female vice president as a way of recognizing the importance of women in decision making.
And Mr. Banda appealed to government to come up with a statutory instrument that will include them in the national budget.
Meanwhile Chipata District Commissioner, Kalunga Zulu, called on youths to be patriotic and embrace the One Zambia One Nation slogan because the future of Zambia is in their hands.
The theme for this year’s independence commemoration is “working for greater unity, hard work and patriotism”.
Eastern Province Minister, Makebi Zulu is gracing the occasion.
The United Party for National Development UPND in Eastern Province has confirmed shunning this year’s Independence Day celebrations.
UPND Provincial Chairperson, Paul Thole says that there is no way the party can be celebrating when most of their national leaders are in custody while others are appearing in court.
Mr. Thole told Breeze News this morning, that as long as their senior party members remain in custody, UPND will not participate in any national event.
He further stated that it is under the same reasons that the opposition political party did not participate in the day of national prayers last week.
And Movement for Multi-Party Democracy MMD Provincial Chairperson, Jacob Mwanza says his party has not boycotted the event.
Mr. Mwanza says that instructions were issued to all MMD members to participate but wondered why only PF participated in the marching.
Mr. Mwanza further explained that had has not attended the national event because he had a political engagement in Rukuzye Ward of Chipangali Constituency, which will be holding a by-election on November 17.
Meanwhile the Rainbow Party in Eastern Province has confirmed not participating in the event but says it has not boycotted.
Provincial Secretary, Mathews Zulu says that there is no reason for boycotting the event.