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Govt commits to enhance cultural activities 

Chavuma, February 15, 2015, ZANIS….Government has reaffirmed its commitment to ensuring  that traditional and cultural activities are enhanced throughout the country.

Chavuma District Commissioner Lawrence Kayumba said this today in a speech read for him by District Administrative Officer Kennedy Pezo during the official opening of a Likumbi lya Mize fundraising event that was held in Chavuma.

Mr. Kayumba said traditional and cultural activities are important as they are a unifying factor and help to preserve morals of various ethnic groups that add value to the wellbeing of communities.

He noted that the activities are not just avenues for showcasing traditional and cultural norms but acts as tourist attractions that bring in foreign exchange.

The District Commissioner called for a strong working relationship between government and traditional leaders in order to boost development.

He further appealed to traditional leaders to discourage cultural practices that promote Gender Based Violence, early marriages and pregnancies adding that chiefs should partner with government to curb such vices.

And speaking at the same function, Likumbi lya Mize Chavuma District organizing Committee Chairperson Ison Likomeno emphasized the need to preserve the tradition and customs of the Luvale speaking people of North-Western Province and pass them on to future generations.

And Mr Likomeno commended President Edgar Lungu for appointing Zambezi West Member of Parliament Christabel Ngimbu as Lands minister.