Government says it is grateful to the corporate world for its continued its continued support and hosting of various traditional ceremonies in the country.
Chief government Spokesperson Kennedy Sakeni says business houses in the country have continued to play an important role in ensuring that most ceremonies are a success.
Mr. Sakeni said traditional ceremonies are not just a unifying factor, but also an important platform for promotion of tourism in the country.
ZANIS reports that the Mr. Sakeni, who is also Information and Broadcasting minister said this at the N’cwala media and corporate sponsorship day in Lusaka today.
Mr. Sakeni noted that traditional ceremonies also help in the preservation of the country’s culture and heritage.
He said this why it is vital for various stakeholders to come on board and support initiatives aimed at promoting the preservation of culture in the country.
He explained that N’cwala is one of the most important events on the calendar of Zambia’s traditional ceremonies.
“This is evident of scores of people both local and foreigners who flock to Mtenguleni every year to celebrate the ceremony thereby contributing immensely to the economic growth of not just Eastern province but the country as a whole, “he said.
He added that it is pleasing to note that N’cwala also places high premium on the education of the girl child and youth empowerment in general.
He said it is commendable as it is in line with government’s agenda to invest in the social economic wellbeing of the young people in order for them to make meaningful contribution to the country’s development.
He has since urged the organising committee and the Ngoni establishment to consider setting up a Ngoni Heritage Museum which will record the rich history of the Ngoni speaking people of Zambia.
Mr. Sakeni who is also Minister of Information and Broadcasting has also called on the media to publicise the country’s traditional ceremonies as the country prepares to co–host the United Nations World Tourism Organisation ( UNWTO ) general assembly this August.
Zambia has various traditional ceremonies among them being Ncwala traditional ceremony, the Kuomboka traditional ceremony of the Lozi speaking people of Western province and the ukutomboka of the Lunda speaking people of Luapula provinces , among others.
Apart from these ceremonies being occasions of remembrance of the particular tribes’ historic past, they have proved to be vessels of unity in Zambia.
And N’cwala Organising Committee National Chairperson Noel Nkhoma thanked government for its continued support towards traditional ceremonies.
Mr. Nkhoma cited the creation of a Ministry to address issues concerning traditional leaders in the country as the greatest support from government that will go a long in promoting the traditional values of the country.
He further noted that this year’s budget has been pegged at KR570, 000, adding that so far many companies have responded positively to offer financial and material support.
Earlier, Airtel – Zambia Limited who are the main sponsors of the event as presented a KR186, 000 cheque towards this year’s ceremony.
Airtel Head of Corporate Communications and Government Relations Chabuka Kawesha pledged his company’s support to traditional ceremonies in Zambia.
Other companies that have presented cheques include Indo Zambia bank which has contributed KR10,000, First National Bank KR20,0000, National Savings and Credit bank has contribute KR5,000 while GBM group of companies has contributed K50,000 cash.