THREE chiefs from Muchinga Province were flown to Lusaka on Monday, as directed by President Sata, to enable them to attend sittings of the House of Chiefs.
The President ordered the Clerk of the House of Chiefs Michael Pwete to bring the chiefs to Lusaka.
The traditional rulers had missed the official opening of sessions of the House of Chiefs because they had not yet been gazetted to be part of the sittings.
Mr Pwete had told the President that he had been advised by Attorney-General Mumba Malila that the chiefs from Muchinga, which is a new province, had not yet been gazetted in accordance with the Constitution.
But chiefs Chibesakunda, Katyetye and Kabenga yesterday started attending sittings of the House of Chiefs after taking oath.
They were sworn in by Ministry of Chiefs and Traditional Affairs permanent secretary Coillard Chibbonta, amid cheers from other traditional leaders.
Meanwhile, the House of Chiefs has urged Government to re-introduce the education leadership and management course at Chalimbana University to improve the skills of traditional leaders.
Chief Chiwala, who moved a motion to revamp Chalimbana University, said the re-introduction of the leadership and management course will enable traditional leaders to contribute effectively to national development.
“The introduction of this course will enhance our leadership skills, considering that the people we are now serving are enlightened. In the past, this course helped traditional leaders,” he said.
Seconding the motion, Chieftainess Mweenda said Government should consider re-introducing the education leadership and management course at Chalimbana for people who are managing chiefdoms.
Supporting the motion, Chief Chikanta said the re-introduction of the course will enable chiefs to continue to work closely with Government to enhance development.
He said he is happy that Government has continued to appreciate the role traditional leaders play in ensuring that projects aimed at improving the lives of their subjects are implemented.
Chief Chikanta said chiefdoms are important in the effective implementation of development projects because of the manner in which they are organised.
He said he is also happy that Government and chiefs have for a long time been partners in development.