President Lungu becomes the first Head of State to attend the Kufukwila Annual Traditional Ceremony of the Kaonde speaking people in 55 years.

Kalumbila, North Western, May 20, 2017

HIGHLIGHTS OF THE SPEECH BY THE REPUBLICAN PRESIDENT DURING THE KUFUKWILA ANNUAL TRADITIONAL CEREMONY OF THE KAONDE

His Excellency, President Edgar Chagwa Lungu stated as follows:

•My government attaches great importance to traditional ceremonies and as such, we will continue to PARTNER with traditional leaders across the country.

•Ours is THE government of the Republic of Zambia; a beacon of love, peace and unity. And we will continue living in peace.

•From time immemorial, Chiefs have governed our people way before the creation of political leadership.

•Whether you support me as a politician or not, please let us cooperate in the interest of our people. I do not expect all of you (traditional leaders) to support me as a politician.

•Government is dealing with people’s challenges especially those in rural areas and social protection is one of the interventions.

•North Western province has not been left out of the ongoing massive infrastructure development under the Patriotic Front government.

•Government is maintaining and rehabilitating roads in the districts and I confirm – we have been too slow but I am sure going forward, we will speed up this program.

•It is ofcourse dependent on the availability of resources.

•In the Education sector, a number of changes have been made. Our policy demands quality and accessible education for all. It is the best equaliser.

•8 boarding Schools in North Western are under construction at different levels. My government is upgrading 22 Primary Schools into Secondary Schools.

•In the energy sector, we have a massive power project to connect the ENTIRE districts of North Western and so far, MWINILUNGA, MUFUMBWE, MANINGA districts have all been connected. While, Chavula and Zambezi districts will have power by JULY, 2017.

•North Western has massive potential for economic advancement. On Agriculture, the region has plenty arable land with adequate rainfall.

•On Monday, 22nd May, 2017, I will meet the Minister for North Western and the Traditional Affairs Minister to look at the resolutions of your immediate past North Western Royal Council meeting.

•We wish you well your Royal Highness, Senior Chief Mukumbi Ibaloli XV in your continued leadership to your people. Being on the Throne for 55 years is not a simple thing.

His Royal Highness, Senior Chief Mukumbi Ibaloli XV of the Kaonde speaking people assumed the Throne on 16th May, 1962. He is said to be the longest serving traditional leader in the Republic of Zambia.

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