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Chiefs’ palaces, traditional ceremonies get Govt support

FROM left: N’cwala Traditional Ceremony organising committee immediate past chairman Noel Nkoma, Senior Chief Madzimawe and Minister of Finance Felix Mutati during the N’cwala fundraising dinner in Lusaka on Friday.PICTURE: JEAN MANDELA

GOVERNMENT has set aside K68 million for the rehabilitation and construction of chiefs’ palaces countrywide, Minister of Finance Felix Mutati has said.
And Mr Mutati said government will continue supporting traditional ceremonies for the preservation of culture and heritage.
Speaking on Friday night when he officiated at a fundraising dinner for the N’cwala ceremony at Government Complex in Lusaka, Mr Mutati said government values the role traditional leaders play in promoting national unity.
“As government, we reaffirm our commitment to supporting traditional ceremonies. We believe tradition and culture are vital in promoting national development. We also believe that there is unity in diversity,” he said.
The 2017 N’cwala ceremony will start on Thursday February 23 and climax on Saturday February 25 at Mtenguleni, in Chipata.
Mr Mutati said government is committed to addressing challenges of accommodation traditional leaders in the country face.
He said government will continue to provide social support to traditional leaders across the country.
“We thank Paramount Chief Mpezeni and the Ngoni people for the vital role they have continued to play for the preservation of national heritage in our country,” Mr Mutati said.
Meanwhile, Paramount Chief Mpezeni has called on non-governmental organisations to use traditional ceremonies to fight gender-based violence (GBV), early pregnancy and early marriage.
Speaking on behalf of Paramount Chief Mpezeni, Senior Chief Madzimawe said any form of GBV and social injustice against women must not be condoned.
“As the Ngoni leadership, we have put in stringent measures to curb early marriage, GBV and HIV/AIDS.  We also feel that traditional ceremonies are a platform to showcase our social norms and educate people on morals,” Paramount Chief Mpezeni said.
He appealed to other traditional leaders across Zambia to use traditional ceremonies to fight GBV.
Paramount Chief Mpezeni said there is need to fight poverty if the fight against GBV, early pregnancy and HIV/AIDS is to be won.

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