Analysis: HUSSEIN AWAD ALI
I SALUTE and congratulate the efforts exerted by the freedom fighters of the nation who worked tirelessly and sacrificed their lives in the struggle for Zambia’s independence.
Fortunately, the celebrations of the people and Government of Zambia’s independence this year have emerged and I am one of the witnesses as an African citizen who lives in this beautiful country and I have noticed the tremendous changes that have taken place in all domains.
The dreams and ambitions of the Africans, in general, and Zambia, in particular, are being illustrated by the positive developments that are taking place and such ambitions need to be pushed forward by the youth so that the dreams of our forefathers of the independence can be attained.
To attain independence is not the ultimate goal in itself without engaging ourselves as Africans in building our nations in all domains, politically, economically, culturally, socially, scientifically, all fields of technology and gaining the knowledge of the technical know-how.
That dream cannot be attained unless we Africans regain full confidence and engage ourselves in nation building programmes in all domains.
On this occasion, I am proud to state that Sudan and Zambia established diplomatic relations in the early 1990s, but as a matter of fact, the relationship between the sisterly countries is deeply rooted, for it goes back to the period of the struggle against colonisation.
The independent Sudan during the late 1950s, 1960s and 1970s had earnestly stood side by side with its African freedom fighters, amongst them are its Zambian brothers in their human struggle for their liberty.
Nevertheless, I believe that it is imperative upon both of our nations to build on that solid heritage, together with the common political will which exists between our two leaderships so as to push and deepen in all fields, especially since our two countries are rich in human and natural resources. Such great economic potentialities could be utilised and integrated for the benefit of our two friendly peoples and our mother continent – Africa.
Moreover, I would like to take this opportunity to commend and salute Zambia and its leadership for the positive and essential roles it has been playing over the past years regionally and internationally, especially its efforts for restoring peace and stability in the Great Lakes region through the International Conference on the Great Lakes Region (ICGLR), the Southern African Development Community (SADC) and the African continent as a whole.
To conclude, I am not dreaming to say that our two nations believe and share a common vision for establishing peace and security in their sub-regions and continent.
Most definitely, they are of high spirit and possess the qualifications required in monitoring these principles and sharing them with other human beings regionally and internationally.
The author is Sudan Ambassador to Zambia.