‘Infrastructure top Government priorities’


GOVERNMENT has prioritised construction of roads, schools and health centres in rural areas to promote development in all parts of the country, Minister of Youth and Sport Vincent Mwale has said
The minister said this here on Saturday when he officiated at this year’s Ichibwelamushi traditional ceremony of the Lala and Swaka people of Central Province.
“The Patriotic Front (PF) government will endeavour to concentrate on infrastructure development such as roads, schools and clinics in rural areas in order to speed up development in the country,” Mr Mwale said.
He also said it is important for Zambia to remain food secure and that Government welcomes traditional practices aimed at achieving this goal.
Mr Mwale said Government is happy that the Ichibwelamushi ceremony showcases the rich cultural and traditional heritage of the Lala and Swaka people of Chitambo, Mkushi, Luano, Kapiri Mposhi and Serenje districts, and also promotes agriculture.
Mr Mwale also assured farmers that Government will continue supporting emerging and small-scale farmers through the Farmer Input and Support Programme.
He also urged chiefs in the five districts to develop plans which will be a guide in fostering development in their respective chiefdoms.
“Traditional leaders are expected to the bridge between Government and the people in bringing development to the people,” Mr Mwale said.
Earlier, Minister of Justice Ngosa Simbyakula urged the Lala and Swaka speaking people to preserve their culture and traditions.
Dr Simbyakula said Government attaches importance to culture and tradition, as well as the welfare of chiefs, and this is why the Ministry of Chiefs and Traditional Affairs has been established.

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