35 traditional leaders, led by Senior Chief Siakumbila, met the President at State House yesterday, and commended him for his inclusiveness by constantly engaging them on issues affecting their chiefdoms and the nation at large.
The chiefs, through Chief Siakumbila, have proposed to the President to have their monthly earnings increased from K4, 000 to K15, 000 per month as the current economic happenings did not suit their earnings to sustain their livelihoods.
“Our proposed amount, your Excellency, if it will be workable and I believe, the way I know you that it will be workable, is K15, 000,” Chief Siakumbila said on behalf of other traditional leaders.
The Chiefs informed President Lungu that wrangles of chiefdom boundaries were still rife and an urgent remedy was needed to ensure order and peace prevailed.
Chief Siakumbila further told Mr Lungu that the traditional leaders were concerned with the high price of fertiliser as a 50 kilogramme of fertiliser bag was now costing about ‘’K420’’ and called for his intervention so that the country did not run out of food for both national consumption and export market.
The traditional leaders also called on Government to ensure the poor road network in various chiefdoms was tackled as well as improved health posts, solar power and lack of police posts.
Other issues were the refurbishment of the chiefs’ houses and shortage of boarding schools, which would help school going children reduce on the long distances covered to reach learning facilities.
The traditional leaders, however, commended the President for his inclusiveness by constantly engaging them on issues affecting their chiefdoms and the nation at large.
“They have noted with satisfaction his openness and his approach to governance in particular with respect to his engagements with traditional leaders across the country” Mr Chanda said.
The chiefs said that the President’s inclusiveness in the manner he was calling upon them to seek amicable solutions to the challenges they were facing would help spur development in rural areas.
Mr Lungu committed his maximum cooperation to addressing the many challenges faced by the traditional leaders.
He said that he was committed to taking development to all the rural areas in the country and that rural development would be sped up especially with his directive to have the Rural Roads Unit (RRU) transferred to the Zambia National Service, so as to improve rural roads.