BUTTYSON KANDIMBA, Mushindamo
CHIEF Mulonga of Mushindamo district in North-Western Province has urged political party leaders to respect President Lungu as this is cardinal in promoting
peace, national unity and reconciliation.
The Lamba chief has also appealed to all traditional leaders to support President Lungu’s efforts to take development to all parts of the country.
Chief Mulonga says there is need for traditional leaders to partner with the Government of the day to foster development.
“Our chiefdom will always work with the government of the day and as chiefs, we must partner with the government in all developmental issues and programmes.
“We would like to appeal to our political parties to give due respect to the head of State because this is time to promote unity and development in our country,” Chief Mulonga said.
He said this in a speech read for him by organising committee chairperson Katebe Katayi during this year’s Kibuye Makalakala traditional ceremony of Chief Mulonga on Saturday.
Chief Mulonga also thanked government for initiating a number of development projects in his area aimed at improving his subjects’ living standards.
“We are appreciating what the government has done in the chiefdom, such as the social cash transfer, in agriculture, rural electrification and upgrading of schools,” he said.
And North-Western Province permanent secretary Ephraim Mateyo, who graced the event, said government will continue to partner with traditional leaders in efforts to develop the country.
“This justifies the creation of the Ministry of Chiefs and Traditional Affairs to bridge the gap between traditional and central governance,” Mr Mateyo said.
He said Government will also continue to heed the counsel of chiefs in governing the nation to sustain the peace and tranquillity Zambia has enjoyed since independence.
“You will agree with me that chiefs have governed society long before the creation of modern governance systems. Therefore, the peace, stability and harmony we enjoy can be attributed to the good leadership of our chiefs,” Mr Mateyo said.
This year’s Kibuye Makalakala traditional ceremony was attended by five chiefs from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) led by Senior Chief Kaponda.
Others were chiefs Tenke, Dilanda, Kashobwe and Pweto.
And Mr Mateyo said the presence of chiefs from the DRC at the ceremony is testimony of the warm relations between Zambia and the DRC.