—-Government has reiterated its commitment towards supporting traditional ceremonies in the country in order to promote national unity.
Speaking when he graced the Kuomboka Ceremony of the Litunga La Mboela in Nalolo District in Western Province, Home Affairs Deputy Minister Nickson Chilangwa said traditional ceremonies build a sense of belonging among the people as well as promote tourism.
Mr Chilangwa observed that traditional ceremonies are also a source of inspiration for the people of a common culture and a building block for national unity that has unified the country for a long time.
And Mr Chilangwa said government is aware that due to poor rainfall this year, Western Province is likely to face hunger.
Mr Chilangwa said it was for this reason that the Disaster Management and Mitigation Unite (DMMU) and World Food Programme (WFP) have since began distributing food to affected households.
The Deputy Minister has assured the people of Western Province and the nation as a whole that government will work round the clock to ensure that no one dies of starvation in the country.
And The Barotse Royal Establishment (BRE) in Nalolo has described this year’s Kuomboka Ceremony as a great success.
Nalolo BRE Ngambela, Sitali Mukubesa, commended government and all its cooperating partners for contributing immensely towards the ceremony.
Meanwhile, business came to a standstill in Nalolo yesterday as people left their shops and stands to witness this year’s Kuomboka ceremony.
The ceremony also created an opportunity for local businessmen and women to display their merchandize for both local and international tourists who came to witness the ceremony.
The ceremony was attended by Gender Minister Inonge Wina, Mongu Mayor, Doris Kaumba, District Commissioners for Western Province, provincial heads of departments and PF party officials.