Traditional rulers urged to influence govt’s development agenda
Mufumbwe, September 21, 2014, ZANIS— Government advised traditional leaders in North-western province to discourage gender based violence, child marriages, tribalism and witchcraft to foster development in the area.
Chiefs and traditional affairs minister, Professor Nkandu Luo says this was because government through her ministry relies on traditional leaders to use their privileged position and influence to help bring about development in their respective chiefdoms and the country as a whole.
Prof. Luo said government is committed in addressing socio-economic development in various sectors such as education, health, agriculture, water and sanitation, electricity and security, among others.
The minister said this yesterday in a speech read on her behalf by Mufumbwe district commissioner, Mankishi Mukokwe during Makundu traditional ceremony of the Kaonde speaking people of Chief Mushima Mubambe in Mufumbwe district.
She said government has embarked on construction a 1 by 2 classroom, construction of Kaminzekenzeke day secondary, adding that government will also construct three health posts in chief Mushima’s chiefdom.
She added that government through the district council has drilled 42 boreholes in Chief Mushima’s area in order to improve the accessibility to clean water for the people in the area.
And speaking at the same occasion, Makundu Organizing Committee Chairperson Ackson Mumba appealed to Zambia Information Communications Technologies Agency (ZICTA) to set up network towers in Chief Mushima’s area of Mufumbwe.
Mr Mumba also called on government to upgrade the Kaoma-Kasempa road to bituminous standard help accelerate development in the area.
He further implored government to upgrade Chief Mushima to senior chief status because he was the first brave leader to pave the way for all Kaonde chiefs from Democratic Republic of Congo to Zambia followed by Senior Chief Mujimanzovu of Solwezi district.