Luapula Province Minister Nickson Chilangwa says a development indaba has been convened between Luapula Members of Parliament and traditional leaders.
According to Mr. Chilangwa, the indaba which is scheduled to take place today at Mansa’s Teja Lodge has drawn all MPs and Chiefs across the Province.
The Minister who will officially open the gathering has said a wide range of issues concerning the development of Luapula Province would be tabled at the Indaba.
He revealed that legislators and Chiefs were expected to discuss matters on agriculture, fisheries, tourism, infrastructure, water, early marriages among many other issues.
The Provincial Minister was also hasty to mention that the working relationship between MPs and Chiefs would be harmonized to avoid confrontations in the delivery of the services in Luapula Province.
He noted that proposals on development from the two parties would be considered on an equal basis.
“Members of Parliament and Their Royal Highnesses will meet to confer on a number of issues to do with the development of Luapula Province. Our Chiefs are key stakeholders in the development agenda of our Province hence the need for this meeting. Development will dominate our discussions; nothing else,” Mr. Chilangwa said.
And Mr. Chilangwa noted that it was in the interest of both MPs and Chiefs to see to it that Luapula was taken to another level.
Mr. Chilangwa said MPs were expected to give updates on achievements recorded so far and areas that needed urgent attention in the Province.
“For example, we have been grappling with depleting fish stocks in our fisheries; we are trying to propose to our Chiefs so that if we agree we can increase the number of months to be observed when the fish ban is enforced” Mr. Chilangwa said