Chieftainess Mboanjikana seeks financial assistance
Kalabo, April 2, 2013, ZANIS ———The Libonda Barotse Royal Establishment (LBRE) in Kalabo district in western province is appealing for financial assistance to enable it attend to some challenges that have been pending in the chiefdom.
Chieftainess Mboanjikana of Kalabo district made this appeal to government when Deputy Minister of Sports Chinga Miyutu paid a courtesy call at her palace over the weekend.
Mr. Miyutu, who is on a familiarization tour of Kalabo district following his appointment as Deputy Minister three weeks ago, visited the palace accompanied by Kalabo District Commissioner Irene Mate and other senior government officials.
Chieftainess Mboanjikana told the government delegation that her chiefdom faces numerous challenges such as dilapidated infrastructure, hunger caused by floods, lack of accommodation for civil servants and traditional leaders among others.
She said the construction of her traditional house (The Mukena) which has been stalled at slab level for a long time now is a source of worry as the current house she occupies has limited capacity that cannot cater for her family.
The traditional leader also said the house of her Prime Minister (Induna Muleta) is in a deplorable state and not fit for human habitation.
Chieftainess Mboanjikana further said preparations for her Kuomboka ceremony is among other issues which require financial support as the Libonda BRE is incapacitated financially.
She also disclosed that the royal barge which she uses during Kuomboka requires repairs while food stuffs needed for the occasion are among the requirements that the royal establishment is seeking finances for.
The traditional ruler has since requested the government, civil society organizations and other well wishers to come on board to help the royal authority with finances.
Chieftainess Mboanjikana who also bemoaned the looming hunger situation in her chiefdom as a result of floods has asked Mr. Miyutu to do his best to assist people in the area.
The chieftainess also said she was worried about the pace of construction works of Libonda Secondary School wondering why completion of the school has been delaying.
Chieftainess Mboanjikana who congratulated Mr. Miyutu on his new appointment in government also advised the new deputy minister to utilize his position for the benefit of people of Kalabo who sent him to parliament.
And Mr. Miyutu who is also Kalabo Central Member of Parliament assured the traditional ruler that he would convey her requests to relevant authorities.
Mr. Miyutu told Chieftainess Mboanjikana that he decided to visit Kalabo district on his first tour of duty to familiarize himself and explain to the people why he accepted the ministerial posit ion in the PF government and also to inform the youths on their need to take advantage of the Youths Development Funds under his ministry.