President Edgar Lungu has called on chiefs to strengthen their unifying role in the country.
President Lungu said chiefs play a critical role in bringing unity and fostering peace in the nation.
The Head of State said this in Lusaka today when he met 25 Chiefs from three Provinces at State House.
President Lungu said he regards every tribe as equal and to him there is no such thing as a small or big tribe
He said he was not impressed with the voting pattern in the elections as it reflected what is actually happening on the ground.
President Lungu said he is concerned with the tribal divisions that have rocked the country’s political arena.
He said he did not call the chiefs to condemn them on their voting pattern but rather to call on unity.
President Lungu said Chiefs should not be blamed for the voting pattern that characterised the January 20 polls.
The Head of State had lunch with the traditional leaders and later held a closed door meeting.
After the meeting Chief Mumena of the Kaonde speaking people of Solwezi described the meeting as cordial.
The traditional leader said it was not time to engage the president on sensitive issues but rather to interact with him.
Chief Mumena acknowledged that the voting pattern shows that there are divisions that have been created on tribal lines and need to be addressed in order to heal the country.
Among the chiefs that attended the meeting are Chief Nyampande of Petauke, Chief Nyalungwe of Nyimba, Chief Musele of Solwezi, and Chief Mujimanzovu of Solwezi
Others are Chief Sailunga of Solwezi, Chieftainess Ikelenge of Ikelenge, Chief Munkonchi of Kapiri Mposhi, Chief Katete of Isoka, and Chief Chisunka of Mansa.