By JAMES KUNDA -
VICE-PRESIDENT Inonge Wina has urged Zambians to engage in community service activities as the country toasts 53 years of independence on Tuesday next week.
Ms Wina said in line with Zambia’s Constitution and the declaration of the country as a Christina Nation, citizens should identify and participate in community work to serve and restore the human dignity of people afflicted with neglect, hunger, disease, poverty and old age as the country toasted its freedom.
The Vice-President said President Edgar Lungu would lead the way by donating to the University Teaching Hospitals (UTH) children’s hospital in Lusaka.
Ms Wina said this in Lusaka on Tuesday, in a televised national broadcast of her launch of the 2017 Independence Week.
“As a nation, it is important that during this week we extend a hand of friendship and care to the less privileged in society, as per our Christian values and teaching of our Lord Jesus Christ,” Ms Wina said.
Ms Wina said on the stroke of midnight on independence eve, the national flag would be hoisted at selected venues countrywide.
She urged the nation to participate in today’s National Day of Prayer, Fasting and Reconciliation which would be held under the theme ‘Promoting peace and reconciliation: Consolidating national unity in diversity’.
Ms Wina said the National Day of Prayer would be followed by countrywide inter-denominational thanks-giving services on Sunday.