MORE THAN 25 gazetted traditional leaders from various parts of Southern Province are today scheduled to meet President Edgar Lungu at State House.
Provincial Permanent Secretary Sibanze Simuchoba, who confirmed the development in an interview yesterday, said that a total of 28 gazatted traditional leaders would meet the Head of State.
Mr Simuchoba said that President Lungu had invited the traditional leaders and that a luncheon was expected to be hosted for them by the Head of State.
“I can confirm that 28 gazetted chiefs from Southern Province have been invited by His Excellency President Lungu on June 1, 2015 (today) at State House,” he said.
Mr Simuchoba said some of the chiefs left for Lusaka at the weekend in readiness to meet President Lungu.
In a separate interview, Chief Chkanta of the Tonga speaking people in Kalomo district, who is also the chairperson of the Southern Province Royal Foundation of Chiefs, described the invitation as marvelous.
He said the invitation by President Lungu showed that the Head of State was ready o dialogue and work traditional leaders in the country in his quest to develop the country.
“I am one of the chiefs who have been invited by President Lungu, this is a very good decision and we are all looking forward to meet him,” he said.
Chief Chikanta said the occasion by chiefs to meet with Mr Lungu would avail them an opportunity to dialogue on many issues.