President Edgar Lungu calls for strong fight against corruption in his independence message.

President Edgar Lungu has called for strong fight against corruption if the country is to develop.
And the head of state has reiterated his call for patriotism reconciliation, repentance and forgiveness to build a smart Zambia.
Speaking in his national address on the eve of Zambia’s 51 independence anniversary on national television, Mr. Lungu stated that there will be no scared cows in the fight against corruption and no sacrificial lamps.
The president cautioned civil servants against soliciting for bribes while on duty adding that members of the public should also desist from offering bribes when seeking public services.
And Mr. Lungu says that Zambia will come out from the current economic challenges it is going through like the depreciation of the kwacha and power problems.
He however, noted that Zambia can only achieve economic growth if citizens summon a spirit of patriotism and change the culture of absenteeism, reporting late for work and knocking off early from work.
Mr. Lungu called on all Zambians to place the country at the centre of all individual and institutional undertakings adding that to achieve a smart Zambia in the next 50 years, the country needs creative thinking.
Meanwhile the head of state paid tribute to all freedom fighters including first republican president Dr. Kenneth Kaunda for their contribution to Zambia’s independence.

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