FREEDOM fighters in Ndola have complained of being neglected by successive governments. This was after the Ndola Press Club visited the aged in Twapia Township to appreciate the role freedom fighters played in Zambia’s independence struggle.
Freedom fighter Selita Kikesenge said the aged needed to be taken care of.
“No one is taking care of us. When you elect them, they go and forget us. It is painful that we stay like this without any help. When the President comes here, he should look at us and listen to our concerns. So it is so sad for us. We fought for our independence yet we are neglected. We elect leaders but they go and forget us,” Kikesenge said.
“We have suffered enough. We vote for them to keep their families and wives! We need to be remembered because we suffered for our independence.”
Another freedom fighter Adamson Mumba complained of poor sanitation.
“We need better toilets. The sanitation is bad at this house where we are kept,” complained Mumba.
Twapia ward councillor Gilbert Musonda said he was humbled by the gesture of Ndola journalists to visit and help the aged. Ndola Press Club acting president Mike Mubanga said freedom fighters should be appreciated.
“We have seen that our fathers lack the support that they need. Independence should not just be about talking but must be appreciated in a special way. From what we have gathered here, we will go and share the message to the public,” said Mubanga.
The club donated assorted items to the aged as part of the independence celebrations.