In a toast to mark the 53rd independence anniversary of Zambia, which is forever memorialized by iconic anti colonial freedom fighter, Kenneth Kaunda, H.E. Mbulu said Nkrumah is peer to Kaunda, who in his own right, is the Founding Father of Zambia.
“The Republic of Ghana and the Republic of Zambia have a shared political history which dates back to the days of the freedom struggle. His Excellency Dr. Kwame Nkrumah and His Excellency Dr. Kenneth David Kaunda, the Founding Fathers of the Republics of Ghana and Zambia respectively, joined hands in bringing about political freedom from the former colonial masters.
“This bilateral relationship has been evolving from strength to strength ever since,” Mr. Mbulu said as part of the toast.
The toast which had confirmed the obvious had been proposed by the Ambassador on Zambia’s Independence Day, the 24th of October, at the Zambian Embassy in Accra.
H.E. Rayford Mbulu’s reiteration of truth comes in the wake of a year long commemoration of Ghana’s 60th independence anniversary as part of which the NPP government, led by President Nana Akufo-Addo, has repudiated Nkrumah as the Founder of Ghana.
The NPP government whose sacrilege flies in the face of commonsense has since scrapped Nkrumah’s birthday, 21st September, as the official Founder’s Day, designating 4th August, the day of the founding of the United Gold Coast Convention (UGCC), rather as a so called Founders’ Day.
The generality opf Ghanaians have not failed to see that the superimposition of 21st September with 4th August as Founder’s Day is a deliberate attempt by President Akufo-Addo to honour his kinsmen, including J.B. Danquah, who were kingpins in the UGCC as national heroes even though they were largely traitors.
“The Founding President of Ghana, His Excellency Dr. Kwame Nkrumah mooted the philosophy of Pan-Africanism which motivated and inspired unity amongst all the Nations. His principle was, “unless one is free, all are not,”” H.E. Rayford Mbulu emphasized.
The Zambian Ambassador reiterated Zambia’s commitment to its sisterly relations with Ghana, citing the African Union as an important point of convergence. Incidentally, the AU has designated President Nkrumah’s birthday, the 21st September, as its day of commemoration.
The Zambian Ambassador’s reiteration of Nkrumah as the Founding Father of Ghana is an affirmation of universal truth that only the NPP government denies.
Meanwhile H.E. Rayford Mbulu reaffirmed Zambia’s commitment to a Memorandum of Understanding that was signed with Ghana as precursor to concluding a Joint Permanent Commission between the two countries.
“It is our fervent hope that the Joint Permanent Commission (JPC) will very soon come to fruition. Zambia has already embarked on the process of identifying areas of economic cooperation such as trade and investment,” Mr. Mbulu said.
He also said as a member of the AU, Zambia was committed to strengthening collaboration with Ghana in order to ensure that the agenda 2063 which the African Continent has set for itself is successfully achieved.
Rayford Mbulu said it was because of that that Zambia is agreeable to President Akufo-Addo’s call for African countries to wean themselves off aid and be self sufficient.
The Ambassador commended President Akufo-Addo for very ambitious policies such as Free SHS, Planting for Food and Jobs and the flagship one district, one factory, saying such policies are to be emulated by other countries.
On Zambia’s part, he said the Southern African country had just launched its 7th National Development Plan -2017 to 2021 – which is aimed at creating a diversified and resilient economy.