Minister of Chiefs and Traditional Affairs Nkandu Luo has reiterated government’s commitment to improving the welfare of people in rural areas.
Professor Luo stated that government has paid keen interest to uphold the progressive core values of culture and tradition lineage.
She was speaking when she graced this year’s Zengani Traditional ceremony for the Tumbuka and Ngoni speaking people of Lundazi district.
She has also called on the people in the country to abandon bad cultural practices of child marriage, defilement, wife battery and other retrogressive practices.
“Child marriages affect about 42 percent of Zambian girls, with devastating consequences on health, their human rights and also access to education and their economic development. It is in this vein that we need to join hands and fight these ill vices,” she said.
She urged other traditional leaders to join the fight to against early marriages ensure that girl children are in school until they complete their education.
“All parents, traditional leaders and parents should not marry off the girl child at a tender age, keep them in school as they are able to explore their agenda and end up being doctors, teachers and health personnel among other professionals,” she stressed.
And Senior Chief Magodi of the Ngoni speaking people who spoke through a
representative, Richard Nyirenda, praised government for the infrastructure
development taking place in the district.
Chief Magodi said the connection of power being done by the Rural Electrification Authority (REA) in his chiefdom was commendable.
He however appealed to government to expedite the process of installing power supply so that Magodi secondary school which is currently
under construction benefits.
Meanwhile, Chief Magodi has stated that the purchase of maize from farmers was a success as all the produce was sold to the Food Reserve Agency (FRA).
He however appealed to government to work on the Lundazi Chama road
which is in a deplorable state.
The chief bemoaned the long distances covered by farmers in accessing markets to sell their produce.