officers during the Africa Freedom Day celebration at Freedom Statue —
The cause of our great forefathers
has been terribly betrayed, UPND
chairperson for education, science and technology Luxon Kazabu has
And General Malimba Masheke has appealed to the leadership in
the country to work and maintain the cause of those who fought for independence
to get Zambia free from poverty and create employment for the
Commenting on the Africa Freedom Day, which fell yesterday,
Kazabu said freedom fighters engaged in the struggle to ensure that after
attaining independence, the country’s resources were properly harnessed to
Kazabu observed that currently, no one could
confidently stand and say that the country’s resources were benefitting every
citizen. “Most of our people are living a hopeless life whereby they hardly know
where the next meal will come from,” he said.
Kazabu added that in a land
of plenty like Zambia, it was a paradox that people should be wallowing in so
much poverty amidst plenty natural resources. He called on all citizens to
reflect on the reasons why the country’s forefathers went into the freedom
“If our forefathers had to come back to life, they would have
very harsh judgment for us for having betrayed their noble cause,” he
Kazabu said the current generation especially those in leadership
still had a chance of cleansing themselves by doing things that would add value
to every citizen as opposed to focusing on their own narrow interests. He said
when God gave Zambia all her natural resources, He did not mean that they should
only be enjoyed by a few.
“Let us re-focus and remember the many people
out there who need to be helped. We should ensure that when our people go to
hospitals, they find adequate medicines, we should ensure that there are
motivated nurses and doctors to treat them, we should ensure that our children
go to schools where teaching and learning can be done effectively,” he
Kazabu said there was need to create an environment conducive for
living. He said issues of sanitation, clean drinking water, and better standards
of living for people could be achieved if resources were properly
And Gen Masheke, who is a former prime minister in Dr Kenneth
Kaunda’s government, congratulated Zambia for reaching this far.
those in leadership should work and maintain the cause of those who fought for
independence to create employment for the thousands of youths who were queueing
up during the recruitment of police and Zambia Air Force (ZAF)
Gen Masheke said those in authority should not throw away
wealth to investors without Zambians getting something out of it.
we owned something in the mines,” he said.'
He said he was very
encouraged with Australia’s Prime Minister who said from 2012, all mines would
pay super profit tax which is supposed to increase Australians’ tax revenue
collection from the mining sector.
Gen Masheke said in 1969 when he was
out in the bush, Zambia was getting something from the mining industry, which
was the biggest economic field.
He said there could be no development if
the government did not control the mines. Gen Masheke said if the government did
not control the mines at the time, there would be no tarred roads and clinics in
all the country’s districts.
He said currently, the government did not
own anything, as there were no industries in the country.
said everything had been sold out and the government only depended on tax from a
few people in formal employment.
He said what comes into the country in
terms of foreign exchange was beneficial only for a few.
appealed to the Zambians not to allow wealth to disappear from the country. He
said there were so many young Zambians who were unemployed. He urged the
government to create industries and share the country’s wealth
Gen Masheke also appealed to those in leadership to work for the
people and not for themselves.
The country joined the continent to
commemorate Africa Freedom Day yesterday and several people were honoured by
President Rupiah Banda.