Zanco Mutembo Mpundu: Zambia's Own Superman

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As Zambians we're all familiar with the statue of a man breaking the chains of Colonial oppression. You can find him on our money and in front of our National Museum, to name a few examples, but how many of us were aware this statue is actually a based off of a real man? This statue is more than just a symbol, it is an actual part of Zambian history that has sadly been forgotten by many of us. His name is Mutembo Mpundu, one of the many freedom fighters who risked their lives for our independence. I was amazed to find out that the incident of him breaking the chains really happened. In the early 1960s, he was held at gun point and told to break the chains he was bound in or be shot. He of course broke the chains. This is just ONE example of the contributions he made to our history. Once I found out about this, I asked friends and family for more information on him. It touches me that we as a nation, have either forgotten or are not aware of the stories of many of our heroes. This man is a national treasure. Please look up his story here: http://chalochatu.org/Zanco_Mpundu_Mutembo

The goal of this petition is to have Mutembo Mpundu's story added to Zambian history books, to have him honoured by the people of Zambia and her government by having a day dedicated to him and to have the "Zanco" tree on Cairo road where he famously denounced the Colonial constitution declared a National Heritage Site. All freedom fighters should be recognized as Veterans and treated as such and we should also remember the sacrifices that were made for us to have the freedom we have today. Let's keep our history alive.



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