Traditional leaders are our partners- Sata
Mkushi, July 18 2013, ZANIS—President Michael Sata says traditional
leaders are equal partners with the government in fostering various
developmental projects across the county.
Mr. Sata said government values the role traditional rulers play in
the development of the country hence the decision to create
the ministry of chiefs and traditional affairs.
The Head of State reaffirmed that government will remain committed to
ensuring that it provides the much support and care to all traditional rulers across the
Mr. Sata said this when he paid a courtesy call on Chief Chitina of
the Swaka people at his Palace in Mkushi district today.
And Mr. Sata said government will soon embark on a massive project of
building more schools and health centers in Chief Chitina area to meet
the ever growing population.
Mr. Sata also said plans are underway to upgrade the road branching
off from the Great North Road to Chief Chitina’s palace to bitumen
And Chief Chitina said the visit by the head of state to his place is
a clear demonstration that government appreciates the role traditional
rulers play in fostering development.
Chief Chitina added that he will remain committed , along with his subjects, to
supporting the government of the day in bringing development to the
The traditional ruler has since described President Sata’s visit
to his palace as historical adding that no head of state has
previously visited the area.
Meanwhile, President Sata has urged the people of Mkushi to vote for Mrs.
Ingrid Mpande in the forth coming Mkushi North parliamentary by
election set for 25th July, 2013.
Mr. Sata has since called on the people of Mkushi to work with the
government of the day and ensure that Mkushi is developed to its
required district standard.
He said Mrs. Mpande is a visionary leader who understands the needs of
the people of Mkushi hence the need for the electorates in the area to
rally behind her.
Mr. Sata was in Mkushi district today where he held rallies at Nkumbi,
Mansansa and the Agricultural Show grounds to drum up support for the
PF candidate Ingrid Mpande in the forth coming parliamentary
Meanwhile, President Sata urged the PF candidate for Mkushi north constituency by-election Ingrid Mpande not to abandon the people once she is voted into power on
the 25th July.
Other candidates vying for the Mkushi north seat are UNIP’s Bernard
Nshimbi, UPND’s Winter Libohole, MMD’s Jonathan Kapungwe, NAREP Albert
Kaweya and Independent candidate Felix Chisanga.
The Mkushi north parliamentary seat fell vacant after the MMD
candidate Mutale Musonda resigned to join the ruling PF.