The Freedom Statute on Independence Avenue was erected to serve as a monument to breaking away from colonial bondage; as a symbol of freedom. But as we celebrate our fifty-second year of independence, the Oasis Forum would like to pose this question to all Zambians: Are we, in the words of our national anthem, “proud and free”? The last few years have seen a degeneration of the freedoms that our founding fathers and mothers fought so hard for. Freedom of expression, freedom of association, freedom of information and now even freedom of religion appear to be under attack. Are the broken chains on the freedom statute being forged back together while we stand back and watch? Just as Jesus reminds us in the parable of the Good Samaritan, and especially in our so called Christian nation, we cannot and should not step over the problems of our neighbours. An injury to one is an injury to all.
Increasingly, more of our people are falling victim to poverty in the midst of plenty. The Oasis Forum has been calling for the introduction of a new enhanced Bill of Rights through a national referendum that is free from the
appearance of any partisan agenda.
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