President Edgar Lungu says he recognizes the important role of traditional ceremonies in unifying the country and fostering national development.
The President says he is particularly happy that he is the first siting president to grace this year’s Mutomolo ceremony of the Mambwe and Lungu speaking people in Mbala and Mpulungu districts respectively, in Northern Province.
He said he wished that he would attend all the traditional ceremonies in the country but since he cannot split himself into two he has always delegated the function to cabinet ministers to represent him.
Mr Lungu also said he wondered why some people have chosen to recognize his vice president and cabinet ministers without recognizing him as a head of state.
He reiterated that he is the only Head of State Adding that there cannot be ministers without him as a Republican President.
And the Mambwe Lungu cultural association has called for investment in the agricultural and tourism sectors in Mbala and Mpulungu districts , respectively.
Association chairperson ,Amos Simutowe says the two areas are endowed with both historical and natural sites which can significantly contribute to national development once exploited.
Mr. Simutowe said Mpulungu plays host to the second deepest lake in the world including natural forests for tourism and agricultural development.
Mr. Simutowe also said during the ceremony that in addition Mbala has a number of natural endowments for the development of the tourism sector such as the Nsunzu mountain which is a highest physical feature in Africa.
Others are the Kalambo falls and the motomoto museum which he said are an important historical and natural heritage sites for the growth of the tourism sector.
And the Mambwe Lungu royal establishment has pledged to support President Edgar Lungu and his style of administration.
Speaking through a representative Nimrod Siluyele, the Mambwe Lungu royal establishment said it will fully the policies of the government of the day.
It has also thanked Government for embarking on a number of development projects in Mpulungu and Mbala districts.