–Government says it is pondering giving/issuing chiefs diplomatic passports to ease their challenges when they area abroad.
Chiefs and Traditional Affairs Deputy Minister Suzan, Kawandami says the matter is under discussion with her ministry and other stakeholders.
Ms. Kawandami confirmed having received the proposal from Senior Chieftainess Nkomeshya Mukamambo II of the Soli speaking people in Chongwe district.
The Deputy Minister said her ministry would engage the Passport Office department under the Ministry of Home Affairs before the matter is tabled to Cabinet.
ZANIS reports that the deputy minister said this in an interview in Lusaka today.
She reiterated that Government attaches great importance to the welfare of traditional leaders in terms of fostering national development in the country in chiefdoms.
Senior Chieftainess Nkomeshya Mukamambo II has advised government to consider giving traditional leaders diplomatic passports to ease hardships they encounter when travelling abroad.
Chieftainess Nkomeshya noted that whenever traditional leaders travelled abroad, they were not recognised because of their ordinary travel documents.
She made the remarks at the just ended Southern Africa Traditional Leaders’ Conference held at Intercontinental Hotel in Lusaka.
The traditional leader said when chiefs travelled abroad, they faced a lot of challenges as people fail to recognise them as traditional leaders.
She said chiefs’ respect must be upheld every-where they go home or abroad.
“Our National Registration Cards have birth names but once we ascend to the throne as your royal Highnesses, we inherit our respective titles coming with various chiefdoms as you know as chiefs our respect must be upheld wherever we go,” Chieftainess Nkomeshya said.