Chiefs important to development – Natural Resources minister

GOVERNMENT has reiterated its commitment to working closely with traditional leaders because they are the cornerstone of national development.
Minister of Lands, Natural Resources and Environmental Protection Christabel Ngimbu said Government will continue to value chiefs because they are an integral part of the country’s governance system.
Ms Ngimbu said this in Monze on Monday when she officiated at the Lwiindi-Gonde traditional ceremony of the Tonga people.
The ceremony is held to thank God for a good harvest and to pray for rains for the next farming season.
“Government considers all traditional leaders to be an integral part of governance. They are important stakeholders in the country’s development process, especially where rural development is concerned,” Ms Ngimbu said.
The minister said Government will continue to respect the dignity of chiefs and their subjects by delivering development to all chiefdoms.
She said this is why Government has started constructing modern chiefs’ palaces across the country and also improving the road network.
“Vaccination of cattle is being done in chiefdoms and Government will ensure maize is purchased in all chiefdoms where harvest is good,” Ms Ngimbu said.
She said Government will continue to value traditional ceremonies like Lwiindi because they do not only promote cultural identity and unity but also provide an opportunity for Government to interact with the chiefs.
“Cultural ceremonies promote peace and unity as they bring people from all walks of life together.  They provide an opportunity for Government to interact with chiefs on issues of good governance and development,” she said.
Earlier, Monze Central member of Parliament Jack Mwiimbu called on Government to honour its pledge of providing funds for rehabilitating the arena.

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