President Edgar Lungu receives an affidavit of Oath from Chiefs and Traditional affairs minister Dr Joseph Katema during the Swearing-In-Ceremony at State House on February 3,2015 -Picture by THOMAS NSAMA
President Edgar Lungu receives an affidavit of Oath from Chiefs and Traditional affairs minister Dr Joseph Katema during the Swearing-In-Ceremony at State House on February 3,2015 -Picture by THOMAS NSAMA

Senior Chief Mukuni of the Toka Leya people of Livingstone has praised President Edgar Lungu for appointing Chingola Member of Parliament Joseph Katema as Chiefs and Traditional Affairs Minister.

The Traditional Leader said that Dr. Katema is a calm and collected person adding that these are characteristics that will help him successfully oversee traditional matters.

Chief Mukuni said that it is important to have a humble Minister in charge of Traditional Affairs because chiefs can help government succeed or fail.

The traditional leader was speaking to ZNBC News in an interview in Lusaka.

Dr Katema takes over from professor Nkandu Luo following last week’s dissolution of cabinet by President Lungu.

Dr Katema was Information and Broadcasting Services Minister in the previous cabinet where he doubled as Chief Government Spokesperson.

And CHIEF Madzimawe of the Ngoni Speaking of Eastern Province has welcomed the appointment of former information minister Dr Joseph Katema as Chiefs and Traditional Affairs Minister.

Chief Madzimawe said yesterday that President Edgar Lungu has appointed a good rightful person to handle the traditional affairs.

He said the appointment of Dr Katema who is Chingola Member of Parliament as Chiefs and Traditional Affairs would be supported by the traditional leadership.

“Dr Joseph Katema as Chiefs and Traditional Affairs Minister is a welcome move and as traditional leadership we shall support him. Let me thank the president for this appointment,” he said.

He said the ministry of chiefs and traditional affairs was cardinal towards rural development as well as uniting all the tribes in the country.

He said he was happy that President Lungu had stressed the need for the Government officials to stay away from succession wrangles.

He said in the recent past, Government officials have been at the centre of controversy in the succession disputes saying the business of the Government was to recognise and gazette a person who had been chosen by the family as an heir to the throne.

“This directive from the President has come at a right time when most of the chiefdoms have been affected by the Government officials. Government has no business in the selection of the chief,” Chief Madzimawe said.

He also said the preparatory of the Nc’wala traditional ceremony which would take place at Mtenguleni in Chipata this month was underway.

He said the invitation letters were being circulated to various institutions and people who were suppose to attend the ceremony.

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15 COMMENTS

  1. THIS IS WHERE ZAMBIANS GET IT WRONG, IT’S NOT ABOUT BEING HUMBLE, RATHER IT IS ABOUT ONE’S ABILITY TO DELIVER.

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    • for sure he is a VERY CALM MAN. Luo was a nuisance. I like Katema and his ALWAYS GENUINE unlike Kalaba Viva Zambia !!!

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    • NO NO NO……….THE MAN IS NOT HUMBLE IN ANY WAY………..HE IS JUST THE TRUE REFLECTION OF ZAMBIA’S POSITION ON MALNOURISHED PEOPLE IN THE WORLD

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    • Leave Chief Mukuni alone. The chiefs interviewed in this article are unanimously in concert that it is cardinal for the post in question to be occupied by a person more inclined to be humble and calm. Furthermore, when you read between the lines of their comments, the chiefs are strongly suggesting that the outgoing minister was a far cry from the ideal.

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  2. OUR OUGANIZATION CONCURS WITH THE PRESIDENT’S TIMELY ADVICE TO KEEP AWAY FROM THE CHIEF’S SICCESSION DISPUTES.
    OUR STRONG LANGUAGE IS THAT THE GOVERNMENT SHOULD NOT MEDDLE IN TRADITIONAL LEADERS WRANGLES FOR PEACE AND HARMONY TO EXIST BETWEEN GOVRTNMENT AND TRADIOANL LEADERS IN THE COUNTRY.

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  3. HAHAHA, NOW WE TAKE ANYTHING COMING FROM SOUTHERN PROVINCE WITH A PINCH OF SALT! TRIBAL LIARS WHO MUST BE SHAMED! NYO!

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    • You are the tribal liar who sees tribe in anything. Why are you referring to the people of Southern as tribal? What have they done to you?

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  4. When will ululations at every turn of events in Zambia ever come to a stop? The propensity to shower praises is akin to making a saint of the departed at burial! I want to see the people being so praised to elevate Zambia to a new level of comfort for all!

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