THE Government has said it is seeking ways to recover money from traditional leaders who obtained car loans considering that they do not get salaries.
And Government has said the Ikubi Lya Loongo traditional ceremony of the Sala people of Mumbwa offers an opportunity to visitors and the younger generation to learn and appreciate culture.
Speaking when he officiated at this year’s Ikubi Lya Loongo traditional ceremony in Chief Shakumbila’s area in Mumbwa at the weekend, Local Government and Housing Deputy Minister Elijah Muchima said the Government was under pressure from some people to start recovering money from traditional rulers with regard to the car loans.
“We made a decision as a Government to buy vehicles for our chiefs because we realise that they need to be mobile.
“Government is carefully analysing the issue before a decision can be made. We know that some of these cars have broken down and we are alive to the fact that their royal highnesses do not have salaries,” he said.
Mr Muchima, who represented President Rupiah Banda, said the Government attached importance to culture and that it had respect for traditional leaders.
Government cherishes traditional ceremonies and would continue to encourage their continued existence.
He said the Government had put in place measures to support development in Mumbwa and Central Province as a whole to ensure that the welfare of the people was guaranteed.
“Your royal highnesses, Government’s vision is to see that infrastructure in the country is developed in order to enhance development and the general well being of our people,” Mr Muchima said.
In the health sector, the deputy minister said Government was constructing more than 29 rural health centres in the province at a cost of K6.9 billion.
“Currently, Government is working towards upgrading Kabwe School of Nursing into a school of registered nursing,” he said.
Government was also building two district hospitals in Kapiri Mposhi and Mumbwa each costing K12 billion and that works were almost complete.
“In the area of education more efforts have been directed towards improving the quality of education to all the people,” he said.
Mr Muchima said Government was rehabilitating and constructing trunk and feeder roads under the Road Development Agency.
He said the Landless-Mumbwa Road would be upgraded and that works were expected to start before the end of the year.
Chief Shakumbila appealed to the Government to work on the road network in the area.
The traditional leader through his spokesperson, Sichonda Noel appealed to the Government through FRA to buy all the maize in the area.
[Times of Zambia]