Zambian President Edgar Lungu on Thursday said citizens must drive the country’s development agenda by making deliberate efforts to work together.

In his message on the occasion to celebrate 55 years of the country’s independence from Britain, Lungu said it was imperative for citizens to have unity of purpose in pursuing the country’s development goals.

“The responsibility to make Zambia a better place for all is for everyone,” the Zambian leader said.

He said different quarters of society must take responsibility and contribute in whatever way they can and add value to the development of Zambia.

“Everyone counts, every effort counts, we must all count. We must promote our unique national identity and image that makes Zambia stand out as a wonderful place to live, work, visit and invest in,” he added.

This year’s independence anniversary is being celebrated under the theme “Our Freedom, Our Country, Our Responsibility.”

According to Lungu, the theme was a call to reflection and introspection on the meaning of the country’s freedom and also invites citizens to reflect on what they could do to maintain the country’s freedom and develop it.

The country’s independence anniversary, he said, was not only a celebration but also a reminder of people’s responsibility to manage the country’s affairs, adding that it was the responsibility and duty of every citizen to love the country and to speak well of it.

“We are the best ambassadors this country can ever have. Responsibility demands that we should at all times endeavor to achieve the best for our country,” he said.

He said the celebration of independence should inspire citizens to build a nation of solidarity, inclusivity, social justice and equity. Enditem


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