HENRY SINYANGWE, Mungwi
PRESIDENT Lungu is today expected in Northern Province to launch various development projects and grace this year’s Ukusefya pa
Ng’wena traditional ceremony of the Bemba tomorrow.
Northern Province permanent secretary Jobbicks Kalumba said that upon arrival, the head of State will launch a gas and oil exploration project for Block 31 by Tullow Zambia.
Dr Kalumba said President Lungu is also scheduled to inspect the Zambia National Service (ZNS) skills training centre and later commission the tarring of the 172km Nseluka-Kayambi road.
“We call upon the people of Kasama to come in numbers and welcome the head of State,” he said.
And hundreds of people have started arriving in Kasama for the ceremony with most lodges and guest houses fully booked by yesterday.
Chitimukulu, the paramount chief, said everything is on schedule and that the Bembas are eager to see President Lungu grace the event.
Meanwhile, the Road Transport and Safety Agency (RTSA) says it is geared to prevent road crashes during the ceremony.
Speaking when he paid a courtesy call on the Chitimukulu yesterday, RTSA chief executive officer Zindaba Soko said the good roads constructed by Government have put pressure on the agency to ensure safety among users.
“We will ensure safety among road users and therefore we don’t want to see crashes during this period of the traditional ceremony,” Mr Soko said.
He said the agency has embarked on road safety education especially in communities.
“We therefore want to work with chiefs in educating communities on the importance of observing traffic rules,” he said.
Mr Soko said RTSA will also be carrying out the mobile licensing exercise.
And the Chitimukulu is happy about construction of roads in his chiefdom, saying there is need for enhanced sensitisation on road safety among users, especially cyclists.