Ichibwelamushi group commends Lungu

PRESIDENT Lungu joins in dance at a Patriotic Front (PF) campaign rally in Mulobezi, Western Province yesterday. PICTURE: EDDIE MWANALEZA/STATE HOUSE

THE Ichibwelamushi Cultural Association has commended President Lungu for visiting four districts in the Lala and Swaka land in Central Province on a fact-finding mission recently.
President Lungu spent three days in Central Province where he visited Luano, Chitambo, Serenje and Mkushi districts and met traditional leaders, inspected development projects and addressed the people on measures Government is taking to improve the economy.
Ichibwelamushi Cultural Association chairperson Mwila Kunda said in an interview on Monday that the traditional leaders and their people in the four districts are hopeful that the area will see more development.
“For us, we are happy that President Lungu visited the four districts and explained to the people what his government is doing to develop the areas. What is also encouraging is that he also met the chiefs again after meeting them at State House,” Mr Kunda said.
He said it is good that the head of State had first-hand information on the challenges the people are experiencing in accessing services because of lack of infrastructure.
Mr Kunda said a number of issues that President Lungu spoke about were among those that the Ichibwelamushi Cultural Association raised during the Ichibwelamushi traditional ceremony in September last year.
“The fact that the President even travelled by road from Luano to Mkushi only goes to show that he wants to know how people are living,” he said.
Mr Kunda said his association is hopeful that after Mr Lungu’s visit, the development of infrastructure in Chitambo district will start while the projects in Luano will be accelerated.
He appealed to the people in the areas to appreciate Government’s efforts in promoting development.
The Lala and Swaka traditional leaders and their people, during the Ichibwelamushi traditional ceremony last year, pledged to work with the government to foster development in the four districts and in Kapiri Mposhi.
They, however, expressed concern that some projects in the four districts have taken long to be completed.

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