Luanshya honours surviving 94 year old war veteran during Armistice Sunday

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Luanshya district yesterday joined the rest of the world in
Luanshya District Commissioner Joel Chibuye has called for
unity and peace if Zambia is to attain sustainable economic
development.

ZANIS reports that Mr. Chibuye said this during the
commemoration of Armistice Sunday in tribute of fallen heroes
who fought during the first and second world wars with.

He said there is need for all well-meaning Zambians to maintain
the peace and unity that the fallen heroes selflessly fought to
attain.

Mr. Chibuye paid tribute to the only surviving war veteran in
Luanshya district, Benson Nkonde, 94 who took part in the
Second World War adding that he shall forever remain in the
annals of world history.

He noted that the aged were a depository of history and wisdom
and that government will do everything possible to lighten the
burden of the plight of the war veterans.

The District Commissioner was responding to an appeal made by
Mr. Nkonde to look into the plight of former serviceman who
participated in World War II.

Speaking earlier Mr. Nkonde an ex- Zambia Army Lance Corporal
who took part in world war two, appealed to government to
consider offering financial aid to the war veterans who
contributed immensely to national unity and freedom.

Mr. Nkonde said the world war heroes fought for a noble cause
and that it was prudent for government to honour them by
providing a comfortable life in their old age.

He gave a brief account of his experiences in Burma and
Mogadishu during World War II and said that the encounters
still remain vividly clear and traumatic to him.

Mr. Nkonde who is the only survivor of the 16 second world war
veterans in Luanshya district stated that to date, trenches and
other evidence of the invasion still remain in Mbala and Kasama
the only two towns in the country that were attacked during the
war .

He further thanked government and the local business community
for recognizing him as Luanshya District Commissioner presented
him with a bed and a mattress, while the Rotary Club of
Luanshya and other well-wishers in the district donated
assorted food items and money.

The Armistice Sunday was commemorated at the cenotaph and was
characterized by solemn music and laying of wreaths.

Police Chaplin, Reverend Richard Lombe led the service in
prayer followed by the laying of wreaths by war veterans,
government officials, heads of defence wings and the business
community.

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