His Excellency, Mr. Michael Chilufya Sata, President of the Republic of Zambia, has assured traditional leaders countrywide that Government will encourage and support their increased participation in national development in order to accelerate poverty reduction and improve the living standards of people. This was during a closed-door meeting with six chiefs from Mkushi district held at State House today (on Oct 21st)
During the meeting, the chiefs, who spoke through senior chief Mboroma thanked the Head of State for the various developmental programmes being undertaken throughout the country.
He said the traditional leadership in Mkushi was ready to collaborate with the Government and find best ways of implementing several developmental programmes and projects in their chiefdoms.
Senior chief Mboroma also expressed gratitude to the President for increasing their allowances upon assuming office in 2011.
In response, President Sata, who was flanked by Republican Vice-President Dr. Guy Scott said the Government will encourage and support chiefs’ increased participation in national development in order to accelerate poverty reduction and improve the living standards of people.
He said Government will support the implementation of the Lunsemfwa Hydro Power project, which is aimed at creating employment, generating more electricity and ultimately bringing development to Mkushi and other areas in Central Province.
President Sata said Government stands ready to provide land for the successful implementation of this project.
“…we will also accelerate the implementation of the program to connect all chiefdoms to mobile communication. I am informed that this exercise which is being spearheaded by the
Vice-President has reached an advanced stage,” he said.
The Head of State also directed the Ministry of Chiefs and Traditional Affairs to effectively collaborate with other Ministries in order to accelerate delivery of services in rural areas. Among the chiefs that attended the meeting were senior chief Mboroma, chief Mulungwe, chief Chembe, chief Chitina, chief Kanyeshya and chief Mbosha.
SPECIAL ASSISTANT TO THE PRESIDENT