Acting President says Chiefs are a source of wisdom

Acting Republican President Edgar Lungu says traditional leaders are a source of wisdom as they are custodians of culture and tradition.

Zambia News and Information Services reports that Mr. Lungu said government recognised the important role of traditional leadership in matters of governance and considers chiefs as its partners.

Mr Lungu, who is Home Affairs Minister, was speaking at the burial of Senior Chief Luembe of the Nsenga people in Nyimba district yesterday.

Mr. Lungu said President Michael Sata created the Ministry of Chiefs and Traditional Affairs to among other things facilitate the efficient and effective coordination and implementation of policies, plans, programmes and projects.

He said traditional leaders were key stakeholders in uplifting rural livelihoods and through them certain functions, responsibilities and resources are transferred from central to local authorities.

Mr. Lungu said this was in order to strike a balance between urban and rural development adding that traditional leaders played a vital role and link in this process.

He said government said the death of Senior Chief Luembe was a big loss not only to the royal family but to the nation as a whole.

Mr. Lungu urged mourners and the members of the royal family to mourn the Senior Chief with respect, peace and dignity.

He called on the mourners, members of the royal family and the royal council to observe the mourning period with utmost respect and patience.


‘’it is the government’s appeal and prayer that the royal family exercises much wisdom and patience in the selection of the successor to the Luembe throne,’’ Mr. Lungu said.