"I speak to you on the very threshold of the most important day in the history of my country, for in a few hours time-in the first seconds of twenty-fourth of October, 1964- our new national flag will be hoisted for the time to fly proudly from the masthead here in Lusaka, and the
We realize the difficulties that lie ahead, but we shall meet them with courage and determination and give national interests precedence over all individual interests and prejudices, in this I am fortified by the knowledge that all the people of Zambia, regardless of race, color or creed, are with me, and with the help of God, good fortune awaits us all provided we are dedicated to hard work and above all, UNITY. At this time I like to think that you of the Commonwealth now listening to me will wish us well in our task and extend to us the hand of friendship, and that you with us, will pray that we can fulfill our destiny with dignity and in peace.
This is an occasion to bring joy and happiness to people of all races and creeds, both within the territorial boundaries of
When you, Madam, handed to me the Constitutional Instruments which formally created this new country of Zambia, I became, once again, deeply conscious of the great honor bestowed upon me when the elected representatives in the National Assembly of the people of Zambia indicated that I was their choice as the first President of the republic of Zambia. At the same time, my own emotions of pride were tempered by those feelings of humility, which I know are an essential ingredient for all forms of leadership. Let us be proud of Zambia; let us be proud of our achievements and of our ambitions for the future of our country of
At this historic moment, the birth of our country of
This indeed, is a fitting moment for all of us to pay tribute to those who fell during the struggle for freedom and who would have loved to be with us at this historic moment. The nation will never forget them! Today, however, is an occasion, not for dwelling on the past, but for rejoicing at our present happiness, and for anticipating the future of our country with optimism and loyalty.
Speaking of the future, I am glad to tell you that the five year Development Plan which Government intends to initiate in early 1966 is still being worked out, but Government is also very much interested in the transitional development plan which we hope to publish in two months’ time. I am, however, already able to give you some indication of the determined way in which we are resolved to develop our resources, and to take full advantage of the potentialities of our people.
Government spending on schools and teachers’ houses was only a little over one and a half million pounds last year. In 1965, we intend to spend six million pounds. It is also intended that there should be very substantial increase in Government investment in defence, housing, agriculture, health, roads and the provision of electric power. Although we expect Government spending on construction alone to pass a figure of twenty-seven and a half million pounds, compared with eleven and a quarter million pounds in 1964. I have mentioned these figures specifically since they represent a challenge to
To you, Madam, as the personal representative of Her Majesty, we are greatly honored by your presence and by the continuing interest in our country which has been a feature of the royal family over a period of years. To Her Majesty’s Government, as we attain independence, I have a special message of friendship. We appreciate the contribution to the welfare of this country by the British Government over the past sixty years. It has given us a foundation for human, economic and political development. This will enable us to direct our new national pride into methods of increasing the economic and social wealth of all the people of
At the present time we look forward to the growth of a new political relationship with the British Government as we emerge as a full and equal member of the Commonwealth of Nations.
It is fitting that I should, at this point, pay tribute to Sir Evelyn Hone who has been Her Majesty’s representative in the Territory. His contribution to the peaceful solution of our political problems has been unique; his firmness has been tempered with patience and tact, which should be model, which those of us who are now responsible for the affairs our country of
As this new and special association begins today with the British Government, let me also extend the hand of friendship of
I have said before, and I repeat now, that the solid foundation of our foreign policy is non-alignment. We defend this as a constructive approach based on the strong belief that the man is one and indivisible wherever he happened to be. A policy that clearly indicates
Today on this occasion of great pride to us all in Zambia, I dedicate myself humbly and sincerely to the service of the people of
I will state here categorically that it is my firm intention to defend the constitution of the
I pledge myself to be guided by the noble principle that man is one and indivisible wherever you find him, as I have pointed out already. I promise to suffer with every Zambian and likewise to rejoice with every Zambian wherever I happen to be. I am promising to uphold the cherished freedom that is embodied in our constitution. I am aware of the many forces at work, some of them will be tribal, religious and indeed political, to say nothing of those other forces that limit progress when we try to fight the hunger, poverty, ignorance and disease that is too prevalent in our midst.
I might mention the most dangerous one and this is unwillingness to work hard. Perhaps it is fitting that at this point I should thank all the people of
I promise further to see that no law abiding citizen will be victimized in any field at all. I promise progress and advancement to every law abiding and hard working Zambian.
Let it not be said in
In the name of the people of the
Question of the Week
"I am aware of the many forces at work, some of them will be tribal, religious and indeed political, to say nothing of those other forces that limit progress when we try to fight the hunger, poverty, ignorance and disease that is too prevalent in our midst."
How can we harness these forces for Africa's progress?