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Emancipation is one of the most significant milestones in our country’s history, representing as it does the end of the long struggle by our ancestors for freedom and justice.
Today is therefore an opportune time to focus our energies on the lessons to be learnt from these outstanding men and women whose actions led to the social and economic development of our people. One of the lessons from this period is that there can be no peace without justice. Noteworthy too, is the example shown of what can be achieved through unity of purpose and a firm conviction of what is right.
Indeed, I do believe that one of the best ways that we can honour the sacrifices made by our forefathers is to halt the tendencies to fight among ourselves and instead let us be committed to living in a manner that respects and enhances the freedom of others and which builds national unity.
I urge this and future generations not to ignore the history of the struggles and suffering of our people. Our ancestors’ freedom was a sacred possession to them. Liberty and democracy came at a high price.
As we celebrate another Emancipation Day, let us commit ourselves to playing our part in advancing the welfare of our people.