Govt responds to headmen salary appeal
Nakonde, June 14, 2013, ZANIS… The department of Chiefs and
Traditional Affairs in Nakonde district of Muchinga Province has
responded to calls by the traditional leaders in the area to consider
putting them on a monthly government salary.
According to a letter made available to the Zambia News and
Information Services (ZANIS) in Nakonde today by the Chiefs and
Traditional Affairs Officer Elijah Miyemba, government says it is aware of the
noble and effective roles village headmen play in the local governance of
Mr. Miyemba added that the need for traditional leaders’ remuneration
cannot be over emphasized but that such a request could have been
presented during the constitution review commission sittings.
Mr. Miyemba however said that Government is committed to ensuring
that it improves the welfare of traditional leaders in the area by
involving them in various developmental projects.
He also explained that the benefits of such programmes transcends
beyond a limited number of individuals in the community.
Mr Miyembe was responding to the appeal by the village headmen in Nakonde on the need for the
government to consider putting them on a monthly salary for the work
they do in the communities.
The headmen made the appeal during a meeting held at Chilolwa to
sensitize them on the dangers and effects of early marriages.
Chieftainess Nawaitwika of the Namwanga people has embarked on a
programme to educate her subjects on the need to promote the education
of the child.