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rajSPEECH BY DR RAJAN MAHTANI ON THE OCCASSION OF A ‘JUBILEE DINNER’ ON ZAMBIA’S 50TH INDEPENDENCE CELEBRATION AT THE RADISSON BLU ON MONDAY 13TH OCTOBER, 2014

HONOURABLE CABINET MINISTERS, DEPUTY MINISTERS, GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS, AND MEMBERS OF THE DIPLOMATIC CORPS
ROYAL HIGHNESSES AND MEMBERS OF THE HOUSE OF CHIEFS
THE VETERANS OF ZAMBIA AND THEIR DULY ACCREDITED REPRESENTATIVES
THE DEPUTY GOVERNOR OF THE BANK OF ZAMBIA AND OFFICIALS THERE FROM.
MEMBERS OF THE CLERGY AND EXECUTIVES OF CORPORATES
THE DELEGATION FROM ‘VINESONG’ FROM THE UNITED KINGDOM
DISTINGUISED GUESTS, LADIES AND GENTLEMEN
BROTHERS AND SISTERS IN CHRIST

WELCOME TO THIS SPECIAL THANKSGIVING DINNER AND THANK YOU FOR GRACING THIS VERY SPECIAL EVENT BY YOUR PRESENCE!
IN 11 DAYS, ZAMBIA WILL COMMEMORATE A HISTORICALLY SIGNIFICANT DAY, 50TH GOLDEN JUBILEE UNDER THE THEME” COMMEMORATING GOD’S FAVOUR OF ZAMBIA’S 50 YEAR OF INDEPENDENCE FOR CONTINUED PEACE, UNITY, DEMOCRACY, PATRIOTISM AND PROSPERITY”.
IT IS NO ACCIDENT THAT THE LEADERSHIP OF THIS BELOVED NATION HAS CHOSEN A BIBLICAL THEME TO COMMEMORATE THIS SIGNIFICANT DAY.
FIRSTLY, ZAMBIA IS THE FIRST COUNTRY IN THE WORLD TO DECLARE AND DEDICATE ITSELF AS A CHRISTIAN NATION , AS ENSHRINED IN ITS CONSTITUTION. WE THANK GOD THAT FROM A SO CALLED “ DARK CONTINENT’ , ZAMBIA CONTINUES TO SHINE AS A LIGHT – A NATION OF PEACE AND TRANQUILLITY, A NATION OF UNITY AMONG 72 TRIBES – “THIANDEKE PAMODZI” , A NATION OF REFUGE – TO MANY FREEDOM FIGHTERS OF OTHER AFRICAN NATIONS IN YESTER YEARS; AND A NATION THAT CONTINUE TO WELCOME REFUGEES FROM WAR -TORN NEIGHBOURS.

WE THANK ALMIGHTY GOD FOR PATRIOTISM AND DEMOCRACY WHICH THRIVES IN THE HEARTS OF ITS PEOPLE TOGETHER WITH ‘HEATED DIFFERENCES’ AMONG ITS VARIOUS POLITICAL PARTIES.
OUR DEAR ‘FATHER OF OUR NATION HIS EXCELLENCY DR. KENNETH KAUNDA ’ IS RENOWNED AND REVERED AS A WORLD LEADER. HIS EXCELLENCY PRESIDENT MICHAEL SATA SO APTLY AND WITH WISDOM ON SEPTEMBER 28, 2011 RE-NAMED THE THREE AIRPORTS AFTER THE THREE KEY FREEDOM FIGHTERS. KENNETH KAUNDA INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT (FORMERLY LUSAKA INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT), SIMON MWANSA KAPWEPWE INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT (FORMERLY NDOLA INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT) AND THE HARRY MWAANGA NKUMBULA INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT (FORMERLY LIVINGSTONE INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT).
HIS EXCELLENCY DR. KENNETH KAUNDA REMINDED ME OF SOME OF THE QUOTES WHICH INSPIRED HIM AND I HAVE TAKEN HIS LIBERTY TO MAKE MENTION OF THEM:-

• COURAGE IS CONTAGIOUS. WHEN A BRAVE MAN TAKES A STAND, THE SPINES OF OTHERS ARE OFTEN STIFFENED. – BILLY GRAHAM

• WHEN SOMEONE TREATS YOU LIKE AN OPTION, HELP HIM NARROW HIS CHOICES BY REMOVING YOURSELF FROM THE EQUATION. IT’S THAT SIMPLE.

• UPS AND DOWNS IN LIFE ARE VERY IMPORTANT TO KEEP US GOING, BECAUSE A STRAIGHT LINE EVEN IN AN ECG MEANS WE ARE NOT ALIVE. – RATAN TATA

• MANY PEOPLE, ESPECIALLY IGNORANT PEOPLE, WANT TO PUNISH YOU FOR SPEAKING THE TRUTH, FOR BEING CORRECT, FOR BEING YOU. NEVER APOLOGISE FOR BEING CORRECT, OR FOR BEING YEARS AHEAD OF YOUR TIME. IF YOU’RE RIGHT AND KNOW IT, SPEAK YOUR MIND. EVEN IF YOU ARE A MINORITY OF ONE, THE TRUTH IS STILL THE TRUTH. – GANDHI

• AS WE GROW UP, WE REALIZE IT IS LESS IMPORTANT TO HAVE LOTS OF FRIENDS AND MORE IMPORTANT TO HAVE REAL ONES. – AMANDA MCRAE

• ONLY A FOOL TESTS THE DEPTH OF THE WATER WITH BOTH FEET.
– AFRICAN PROVERB

• LIFE IS IN CONSTANT CONFLICT BETWEEN LOVE AND EGO.
• LOVE ALWAYS WANTS TO SAY SORRY
• EGO ALWAYS WANTS TO HEAR IT.!

• “THIS IS MY COMMAND — BE STRONG AND COURAGEOUS! DO NOT BE AFRAID OR DISCOURAGED. FOR THE LORD YOUR GOD IS WITH YOU WHEREVER YOU GO.”
(JOSHUA 1:9, NLT)

WE ARE REPRESENTING THE ‘FREEDOM FIGHTERS’ OR VETERANS OF THIS AGE, A FEW OF WHOM I WOULD LIKE TO ACKNOWLEDGE WITH GRATITUDE. HIS EXCELLENCY DR. KENNETH KAUNDA, REGRETTABLY, IS NOT ABLE TO BE WITH US BUT IS REPRESENTED BY KAWECHE KAUNDA. ALSO IN OUR PRESENCE ARE:-
HISTORY OF OUR FREEDOM FIGHT NEEDS TO BE RE-TOLD TO EVERY EMERGING GENERATION SO THAT WE ENCOURAGE THE YOUNG GENERATION TO FOLLOW WHAT WAS BEING DONE TO ENABLE THEM REINFORCE THE ZAMBIA’S ACHIEVEMENTS AND CORRECT ANY MISTAKES.
MY MOTHER MAY NOT BE RECOGNISED AS A ‘FREEDOM FIGHTER’ BUT ASSISTED MY DAD WHO CAME TO THIS COUNTRY IN THE EARLY 1930’S AND MY MOTHER CAN ATTEST TO THE FACT THAT ALL HER SIBLINGS (AND THEY WERE 6 IN NUMBER WERE ALL BORN IN ZAMBIA AS IT IS KNOWN TODAY!)
WE THANK GOD FOR HIS PROSPERITY AND WEALTH HE HAS ENDOWED IN THIS NATION – IT’S PEOPLE, FERTILE LAND , RICHEST WATER RESOURCES IN AFRICA AND ITS MINERAL WEALTH. ZAMBIA IS ONE OF THE FASTEST EMERGING MARKET IN THE WORLD AND THE RECENT BUDGET PROPOSALS BY MY ELDER BROTHER, HON MINISTER ALEXANDER CHIKWANDA M.P., WILL ONLY THRUST FORWARD GROWTH AND PROSPERITY …
IT IS AMAZING HOW TREACHEROUS PEOPLE TEND TO CREATE ANIMOSITY AMONGST BRETHREN WHEN THERE IS NONE. I RESPECT HON. CHIKWANDA AS MY ELDER BROTHER AND HOLD HIM IN THE HIGHEST ESTEEM. THIS BOND WILL NEVER BREAK AS FAR AS I AM CONCERNED!
WE RECOGNISE, THIS EVENING, ALL THOSE PRESENT HERE, AS VETERANS AND FREEDOM FIGHTERS FOR THE STRUGGLE OF INDEPENDENCE OBTAINED 50 YEARS AGO. THEY KNEW WHAT SACRIFICE WAS ALL ABOUT AND THEY ARE TESTIMONIES OF GOD’S GRACE AND MERCY! THEY ARE TESTIMONIES OF GOD’S MIRACLES AND PROTECTION! THEY ARE LIVING LEGENDS OF WHAT WE ENJOY AND TAKE FOR GRANTED!
IN RECOGNITION OF THEIR SACRIFICE, WE, THE MAHTANI GROUP OF COMPANIES WOULD LIKE TO GIVE THEM A TOKEN OF OUR APPRECIATION BY GIVING THEM A SENIOR CITIZEN’S ACCOUNT AT FINANCE BANK ZAMBIA LIMITED, THE REAL ZAMBIAN BANK, WITH A DEPOSIT OF K50,000 (REBASED) (FIFTY THOUSAND KWACHA) EACH. MAY I ASK MY MOTHER, TO MAKE THIS PRESENTATION TO THE VETERANS PRESENT!
THE SECOND REASON FOR CELEBRATING “JUBILEE” WITH A BIBLICAL THEME IS THAT THE WORD “JUBILEE” IS A BIBLICAL WORD AND GOD HAS PURPOSEFUL BLESSING ENSHRINED IN IT. THE VERY FIRST JUBILEE, OCCURRED WHEN JOSHUA LED THE CHILDREN OF ISRAEL INTO THE PROMISED LAND AND LIBERATED IT FROM THE CANAANITES. THE BEGINNING OF THAT LIBERATION WAS HERALDED WITH THE BLOWING OF THE YOBEL RAMS HORNS. THE WORD “JUBILEE” COMES FROM YOBEL. AT THE BLOWING OF THE SEVENTH TRUMPET, THE WALLS OF JERICHO COLLAPSED. – JOSHUA 6:20 .
YEARS BEFORE GOD HAD GIVEN INSTRUCTIONS TO MOSES THAT FIRST YEAR FOR THE HEBREWS WILL BE THE YEAR THEY ENTER THEIR FREEDOM IN THEIR OWN LAND. LEV 25:2 ““SPEAK TO THE PEOPLE OF ISRAEL AND SAY TO THEM, WHEN YOU COME INTO THE LAND THAT I GIVE YOU, THE LAND SHALL KEEP A SABBATH TO THE LORD. “ EVERY FIFTIETH YEAR FROM THE FIRST YEAR WILL BE A JUBILEE YEAR. LIBERTY IS PROCLAIMED THROUGHOUT THE LAND. (INTERESTINGLY, THE JUBILEE VERSE ON LIBERTY APPEARS INSCRIBED ON THE LIBERTY BELL IN PHILADELPHIA, USA). LIBERATION IS THE CENTRAL THEME OF JUBILEE. LIBERTY AND FREEDOM ARE GOD GIVEN GIFTS AND AS WE CELEBRATE ZAMBIA’S JUBILEE IN HIS HONOUR, WE KNOW AN BELIEVE GOD WILL RELEASE AGAIN HIS TRUE BLESSINGS ON THIS LAND . SHOUTS OF PRAISE, THANKSGIVING AND WORSHIP ACCOMPANIED EVERY LIBERATION – WHEN GOD LED ENSLAVED ISRAELITES BY PARTING THE RED SEA OR WHEN WALLS OF JERICHO FELL AT THE CONQUEST OF THE LAND .
THAT’S WHY WE ARE GATHERED HERE TODAY BLESSED TO HAVE VINE SONG WITH US TO LEAD US IN TO THANKSGIVING AND PRAISE. JUBILEE IS ALSO A TIME TO CONSECRATE OURSELVES BACK TO OUR GOD , RESOLVING HE IS OUR PROVIDER, PROTECTOR & LORD WHO BATTLES ON OUR BEHALF .
TRULY, GOD HAS SOMETHING SPECIAL FOR ZAMBIA . IT IS THE TIME ‘WHEN KINGDOMS OF THIS WORLD BECOMES KINGDOMS OF OUR GOD ‘ – TRUE LIBERTY AND FREEDOM IN CHRIST ARE OURS.
AS I FINISH, I LIKE TO READ FROM LUKE 4 :18-21 “AND HE CAME TO NAZARETH, WHERE HE HAD BEEN BROUGHT UP. AND AS WAS HIS CUSTOM, HE WENT TO THE SYNAGOGUE ON THE SABBATH DAY, AND HE STOOD UP TO READ. AND THE SCROLL OF THE PROPHET ISAIAH WAS GIVEN TO HIM. HE UNROLLED THE SCROLL AND FOUND THE PLACE WHERE IT WAS WRITTEN, “THE SPIRIT OF THE LORD IS UPON ME, BECAUSE HE HAS ANOINTED ME TO PROCLAIM GOOD NEWS TO THE POOR. HE HAS SENT ME TO PROCLAIM LIBERTY TO THE CAPTIVES AND RECOVERING OF SIGHT TO THE BLIND, TO SET AT LIBERTY THOSE WHO ARE OPPRESSED, TO PROCLAIM THE YEAR OF THE LORD’S FAVOR.” AND HE ROLLED UP THE SCROLL AND GAVE IT BACK TO THE ATTENDANT AND SAT DOWN. AND THE EYES OF ALL IN THE SYNAGOGUE WERE FIXED ON HIM.. HE ADDED ‘ THESE SCRIPTURES CAME TRUE TODAY’ “
WE ACKNOWLEDGE YOU LORD AS OUR ANOINTED SAVIOUR & LORD AND RECEIVE FROM YOU ‘THE YEAR OF THE LORD’S FAVOUR ON THIS JUBILEE! THANK YOU LORD!

BEFORE I TAKE MY SEAT, MAY I CALL ON THE FOLLOWING PASTORS TO COME FORWARD AND CALL FOR SPECIAL FAVOUR ON OUR LORD FOR HEALING, GOOD HEALTH, WISDOM PEACE AND PROSPERITY FOR THE PRESIDENT, HIS EXCELLENCY MR. MICHAEL CHILUFYA SATA AND FOR EVERY MEMBER OF HIS CABINET AND ALL THOSE IN GOVERNMENT ORDAINED BY OUR LORD!