BUTTYSON KANDIMBA, Solwezi
NORTH-WESTERN Province minister Dawson Kafwaya has implored traditional leaders to support President Lungu in his quest to deliver development to the region.
Mr Kafwaya said time for politicking is over and it is important for the people of North-Western Province to unite and lobby President Lungu for development.
He said there can only be one President at a time and people should co-exist and embrace one another regardless of political affiliation.
â€œFor now God has given us President Lungu who is our republican president and a father to all of us, whether we supported him or not. And elections are over, so there is need for all people to support him so that he can deliver the much-needed development, especially to this province,â€ Mr Kafwaya said.
He said this in Solwezi on Saturday when he paid a courtesy call on Senior Chief Mukumbi and Chief Mumena.
Mr Kafwaya also said the Patriotic Front (PF) administration attaches great importance to traditional leaders because they are key partners in national development.
He said Government will work closely with traditional leaders in order to foster the development of rural areas.
Mr Kafwaya also urged chiefs in North-Western Province to familiarise themselves with the contents of the final draft constitution, especially provisions on the authority of chiefs.
And Senior Chief Mukumbi congratulated Mr Kafwaya on his appointment as North-Western Province minister and urged him to help President Lungu deliver to development the province.
Chief Mukumbi said President Lungu cannot develop the country alone and, therefore, needs the support of all the people he has appointed.
The traditional leader also appealed to President Lungu to construct a University in North-Western Province so that people can acquire the necessary skills to enable them get jobs in the mines.
Meanwhile, Chief Mumena expressed concern about the regional politics and tribalism that characterised the January 20 presidential election.
â€œThere is need for healing and reconciliation because this regionalism kind of politics and tribalism we have just witnessed is not good for our democracy,â€ Chief Mumena said.
And Mr Kafwaya said President Lungu wants to unite the country as evidenced by the inclusion of people from all regions in his administration.
He also assured chiefs that Government will not interfere with the running of traditional institutions and President Lungu has demonstrated this with the recognition of Mr Henry Sosala as Paramount Chief Chitimukulu
Mr Kafwaya called on the people of North-Western Province to bury their political differences and rally behind Mr Lunguâ€™s administration.
BUTTYSON KANDIMBA, Solwezi