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South chief endorses Lungu’s presidency

JIMMY CHIBUYE, Pemba
CHIEF Hamaundu of Pemba district in Southern Province says President Lungu’s ascendance to the presidency is a blessing from God.
Speaking when First Lady Esther Lungu paid a courtesy call on him here yesterday, Chief Hamaundu said ascendance to any position of authority comes from God.
Chief Hamaundu, who spoke through his spokesperson and advisor Mutinta Scott, said he is humbled by Mrs Lungu’s visit to his palace.
Mrs Lungu is the only First Lady who has visited Chief Hamaundu.
“God is not a fool to put someone in leadership and President Lungu is the head of State because it is God’s time. I am also humbled and pleased to receive you madam First Lady. It is gratifying to receive such an important visitor,” he said.
The traditional leader said Mrs Lungu’s visit indicates that President Lungu thinks about the people of Pemba.
Chief Hamaundu, who could not hold back tears, said the visit by the First Lady also symbolises the love that the first family has for his chiefdom.
The traditional leader gave Mrs Lungu a lamb, which he said is a sign of love and peace.
Chief Hamaundu pledged to support the government of the day and appealed to Government to take development projects to Pemba because his chiefdom has enough land for development.
And Mrs Lungu said she is humbled and pleased with the love and welcome the traditional leader accorded her.
She said President Lungu is cognisant of the hardships the chief is undergoing in executing his duties.
“I am happy to be here. May God guide you and add more days to the number of years on earth. Be strong and trust in God as you lead the people of God,” Mrs Lungu said.
She said her mission to the palace was to receive blessings, adding that she was happy that Chief Hamaundu received her with open hands.
The First Lady promised to return to Southern Province for the outreach programmes involving women and girls.




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