CHAMBO NG’UNI, Serenje
CENTRAL Province permanent secretary Chanda Kabwe has implored traditional leaders in the region to focus on working
with President Lungu and his government in accelerating development and promoting unity.
Mr Kabwe said this on Sunday when he paid a courtesy call on Chief Chisomo, whose palace is located about 96 kilometres in the valley.
“Chiefs should be preoccupied with serving the people and work with the government. We want chiefs in Central Province to work with Government, talk about development and peace,” Mr Chanda said.
Mr Kabwe said traditional leaders are key stakeholders in national governance and should not engage themselves in partisan politics.
He said accelerated development and sustained peace is guaranteed when chiefs play a leading role in ensuring effective implementation of development programmes and fostering peace in their respective areas.
Mr Kabwe said he appreciates the desire of 19 Lala and Swaka traditional leaders of Serenje, Mkushi, Chitambo, Luano and Kapiri Mposhi districts to meet President Lungu to discuss chiefs’ welfare with him.
Mr Kabwe assured the traditional leaders that President Lungu would equally want to meet them because he knows that they want to work with him.
“I have received the message that you want to meet the President and you want him to grace the Ichibwelamushi traditional ceremony,” he said.
He said President Lungu has already met Lenje traditional leaders and announced that the President is expected to open new hospitals in Mkushi and Serenje.
Chief Chisomo told Mr Kabwe that Lala and Swaka chiefs want to meet President Lungu and that they want him to grace this year’s Ichibwelamushi traditional ceremony in September.
He said the traditional leaders appreciate the leadership of President Lungu and they will continue working with the government.
He urged Government to pay attention to the plight of his chiefdom as it is underdeveloped and people have many challenges.