PRESIDENT Michael Sata has urged Zambians to bury their political differences and instead use the festive period as an opportunity for reconciliation and service to others.
The President has meanwhile directed police and other law enforcement agencies to strictly enforce law and ensure that there is sanity on the roads during the festive period.
Mr Sata urged Zambians to show love, compassion and care to one another, especially to the needy this Christmas.
He said this in a Christmas message made available by his Special Assistant for Press and Public Relations George Chellah in Lusaka yesterday.
"This is the time to reflect with pride and satisfaction that despite our different political persuasions, we have allowed a peaceful atmosphere to prevail in our country. This is how it should be and I implore all leaders to ensure that this status quo is upheld," he said.
Mr Sata said that though Christmas was mainly a period for celebrations and family to get-together, people must find time to thank the Almighty God and reflect on the purpose of Christmas.
"We should be persistently inspired by the life and deeds of our Lord Jesus Christ. And during this period, let us all endeavour to extend goodwill, love, compassion and care to each other, especially to those who are disadvantaged or less privileged than ourselves," President Sata added.
The President has counselled Zambians to avoid over indulgence in order to minimise fatalities and human suffering.
"Let us all conduct ourselves in a responsible manner and desist from behaviour that will endanger our lives and that of others. Zambia needs all of us and I therefore, urge all road users to observe traffic rules.
"I wish you all my dear beloved compatriots a merry Christmas and we pray that this will be a memorable day to us all," he said.