Manyinga, Aug 14, 2014, ZANIS—Government has bemoaned the increase in deforestation activities in chiefdoms across the country.
Chiefs and Traditional Affairs deputy minister Susan Kawandami says it is sad to note that valuable timber that is indiscriminately cut is hurriedly exported to other countries overlooking the local market.
ZANIS reports that Ms Kawandami said this when she paid a courtesy call on Chief Kalunga of the Luchazi speaking people at his palace in Kabompo.
Ms Kawandami has implored traditional leaders to sensitize their subjects on the dangers associated with illegal cutting and sale of trees.
And Chief Kalunga commended government for supporting culture and the affairs of traditional leaders in the country.
He however, appealed to government officials to frequently visit traditional leaders in order to acquaint themselves with challenges being faced by their chiefdoms and subsequently address them.
Chief Kalunga cited some of the challenges his chiefdom is facing as poor state of his palace, bad roads and poor communication network.