A host of activities have been lined-up to mark Zambia’s 54th independence anniversary.
At midnight President Edgar Lungu will officiate at the flag hoisting event set for the Lusaka showgrounds.
President Lungu will be in the company of his Zimbabwean counterpart Emmerson Mnangangwa who arrives in the country.
President Mnangangwa is later expected to pay a courtesy call on First Republican President Kenneth Kaunda at his residence before heading to State House for talks.
The flag hoisting ceremony will be preceded by a series of entertainment activities at which foreign dignitaries, government officials and Lusaka residents will be present.
The activities will come to an end shortly after midnight tonight.
Tomorrow President Lungu and President Mnangangwa will begin the day by laying wreaths at Freedom Statue in the morning.
The two heads of state will also officiate at the investiture ceremony and state reception at State House.
President Mnangangwa will later depart for Zimbabwe after the two state functions at State House.