ANGOLAN Ambassador to Zambia Balbina Dias Da Silva has implored Angolans living in Zambia to return to their homeland and help in the reconstruction of the country.
Ms Da Silva said peace had returned to Angola and urged Angolans living in Diaspora especially in Zambia to return to Angola as they had a duty of rebuilding the country.
She was speaking in Chingola when she addressed the Angolan community living in Zambia who were celebrating 37 years of independence.
She said Angola was a rich country and prosperous hence the need for citizens including those living in Zambia to return home.
"Our country is open to all of those who voluntarily wish to return home and contribute to the reconstruction and development of our great country Angola, only with efforts from all of us can we guarantee a brighter future of our children.
"Many of our old people who are here left Angola for reasons of mistreatment enforced by colonialists when they knew the cost of independence. Thousands died during the struggle so that we can have peace and freedom of our land," she said.
Ms Da Silva said her government had outlined a programme of economic development and national reconstruction being carried out successfully.
She said with the end of refugee status in Zambia, those who decide to go back to Angola would witness positive changes made in the country.
The Angolan government is determined to improve at all levels the way of life of Angolans.
She said the government was working towards reducing poverty levels and provide housing, water and health services for all its citizens.
Angolan community chairperson Ruth Chiwana said most of the Angolans had returned home and those that had remained were born in Zambia or were too old to go back.
Ms Chiwana said some people had refused to go back home because they were warmly received in Zambia and had settled down.
Chingola District Commissioner George Sichula said the Zambian Government was happy that peace had returned to Angola.