Govt. congratulates Senior Chieftainess Nkhomeshya Mukamambo II
Lusaka, March 22, 2013, ZANIS — Government has heartily congratulated Senior Chieftainess Nkhomeshya Mukamambo II of the Soli people of Lusaka Province on her election as Chairperson of the House of Chiefs.
Chief government spokesperson Kennedy Sakeni says Senior Chieftainess Nkhomeshya’s election as the first ever female to lead the House of Chiefs, is historic in the 49 years that the House of Chiefs has been in existence.
Mr. Sakeni, who is also Information and Broadcasting minister, said this development underscores the confidence the country’s traditional leadership has in Her Royal Highness.
Government is happy with this development as it is in line with its gender agenda of providing equal opportunities for both men and women to ascend to high positions of leadership.
“ We are confident that under her leadership, the House of Chiefs will continue to play its valuable role as a reservoir of wisdom, peace and unity in the development of the country, “ said Mr. Sakeni.
ZANIS reports that Mr. Sakeni said this is a statement released in Lusaka, today.
He assured the House of Chiefs that the PF government will continue to value and cherish the invaluable support of the Chiefs in its efforts to better the lives of the people.
Government has also conveyed its gratitude to the outgoing Chairperson of the House of Chiefs Chief Madzimawe for the unifying and progressive manner he led the House during his term in office.
Mr. Sakeni said that the people of Zambia are indebted to the wise counsel and guidance Chief Madzimawe provided on many issues of national importance while in office.
Chieftainess Nkomeshya Mukamambo II was recently elected and became the first female to head the House of Chiefs in its 49 years of existence.
Speaking during the Chiefs Indaba held at Fairview hotel in Lusaka yesterday, chieftainess Nkomeshya called for the support of other traditional leaders in balancing rural-urban land development.
“The House of Chiefs has been standing for 49 years. There has never been a female holding that position of a chairperson. I thank the members of the House and I am grateful to my God. It poses a lot of challenges. It is not about being a chairperson of the House of Chiefs, my responsibility now covers the entire chieftaincy of the country comprising 286 chiefs, they are my responsibility. I need to hear from them, as I also need to be supported.