———Chiefs and Traditional Affairs Minister, Nkaundu Luo, has observed that traditional leaders have the capacity to provide leadership and promote rural development.
Prof Luo says chiefs, however, need to be empowered with the right tool and support.
She explained that traditional leaders should not be used as a tool for political emancipation but as a tool for national development.
Prof Luo said this in Rufunsa over the weekend during the burial of late the Chief Bunda-Bunda of the Soli people of Rufunsa district.
She said Chief Bunda-Bunda was one of those that provided leadership both in his chiefdom and in the House of Chiefs.
Prof Luo said she learnt of the death of Chief Bunda-Bunda with shock because it is a great loss in the country
Prof Luo has further warned against a succession dispute, saying there can be only one leader and ruler at any given time.
She said government will not condone people that may want to take advantage of the death of any chief.
Prof Luo added that the people in the area must give chance and time to the Soli Royal Establishment to choose the rightful heir to the throne.
She said there is need to give an opportunity to the new chosen chief to reign peacefully in the chiefdom.
And Chieftainess Nkomeshya Mukamambo II thanked government for the role it played during the illness of the traditional leader.
Chieftainess Nkomeshya also thanked the district health team for the medical support provided to the late Chief Bunda-Bunda.
She appealed to the people of Rufunsa District to mourn the late Chief with respect and dignity.
Chieftains Nkomehsya implored the headmen in the district not to use the gap as an opportunity to sell land.