-Chiefs and Traditional Affairs Minister, Nkhandu Luo, has reiterated government’s resolve to construct chiefs’ palaces in all the ten provinces, saying it is a government programme that is already in place.
Pro fLuo said this is in an effort to improve the livelihoods of traditional leaders across the country.
She said this at a ground-breaking ceremony of senior chief Kambombo’s palace in Chama district over the weekend.
The minister stated that the best way to honour the legacy of the late President Michael Sata is to continue on his programme of completing the construction of three palaces in each province by the year 2016.
Meanwhile, Prof Luo has urged parents to ensure girl children are in school so that they also acquire education to enable them lead a meaningful life.
And responding to concerns from senior chief Kambombo earlier, when she paid courtesy call on the chief, Prof Luo stated that basic needs in communities, such as water and sanitation, are cardinal and
government will ensure that every village has access to such necessities.
Prof Luo assured the chief that the Chama/Kambombo road will be brought to the attention of the Rural Roads Unit (RRU) to work on because at national level the focus is on linking the Matumbo/Chama road whose works were already in progress alongside a bridge to be constructed at
Luangwa in Muchinga province.
And Prof Luo stated that her Ministry will ensure that chiefdoms follow right procedures before the chiefs are gazetted.
She was referring to chief Lundu’s chiefdom which was currently facing challenges as two brothers were fighting over it and one of them had taken the issue to court.
“Although the issues are to be decided traditionally there is need to involve relevant government institutions so that they observe the selection process and send reports to the ministry before a chief is gazetted,” she added.
She, however, said she could not comment further because the matter was before the court but emphasized that procedure has to be followed when selecting a chief.
The traditional leader, who spoke through a representative, Baidon Chipundu, earlier, raised several concerns with regard to lack of water and the bad state in which the Chama/Kambombo road was.
The chief also complained of the delay in installing Chief Lundu despite him recommending Boniface Chisupa.