JIMMY CHIBUYE, Mazabuka
FIRST Lady Esther Lungu yesterday visited Chief Mwanachingwala of the Tonga people who has been unwell for over two years, and encouraged him to remain expectant that God would heal him.
And the traditional leader says he needs K30,000 to undergo operation of eyes at the University Teaching Hospital (UTH) and that he has been keeping money to enable him to go to India for specialised treatment.
Mrs Lungu encouraged the chief to remain prayerful, strong, vibrant and optimistic that God will grant him good health and the healing power.
The First Lady said this when she visited the 71-year-old traditional leader at his palace. The chief had a stroke two years ago and has been paralysed since then.
â€œWe pray to God that your life is extended and He add more years so that you can continue providing the services to the people in your area,â€ she said.
Mrs Lungu also wished the chief, on behalf of President Lungu, a quick recovery and conveyed the Presidentâ€™s message of goodwill.
She said President Lungu sent her to tell the chief that God was aware of his situation and would not neglect him.
The First Lady said initially, she was supposed to go with President Lungu but he was requested to be in Lusaka hence her decision to see him alone.
Mrs Lungu encouraged the traditional leader to continue being vibrant and hopeful that he would be better because no man has power over his life apart from God.
â€œDonâ€™t give up, we came to pray for you so that Jesus can grant you more life. Only God has healing powers, so donâ€™t give up,â€ she said.
Mrs Lungu also thanked the chief for giving her a cow as a donation and gesture for visiting him.
Chief Mwanachingwala said he has been unwell for the last two years, and medical treatment at UTH is becoming costly to his livelihood.
â€œIt gives me pleasure that you made an effort to come and see me, a sick chief who has been unwell for two years. I canâ€™t make any movement or do anything,â€ he said.
Chief Mwanachingwala said he has been keeping money to enable him to travel to India for specialised treatment but the funds would be channelled to other programmes like school fees for the children.
He is hoping that when he keeps enough money, the Ministry of Health will help him with the paper to enable his travel to India.
The chief also invited President Lungu to visit his chiefdom and conduct an outreach programme which will eventually show his love for the people.
He thanked President Lungu for allowing the First Lady to visit him saying he is happy and encouraged to note that the President thinks about him.
The chief also gave Mrs Lungu a cow which he named Mutinta after his mother and urged her to keep the animal for breeding purposes.
JIMMY CHIBUYE, Mazabuka