President Edgar Lungu has warned that that he will not tolerate any conduct likely to disrupt peace.
President Lungu charged that any behaviour with the potential to destabilise the country’s peace will not be tolerated.
President Lungu was speaking today when he graced the 2017 Ukusefya-Pa-Ng’wena traditional ceremony of the Bemba speaking people of Northern and Muchinga Province held at Ng’wena village in Mungwi.
He said the country’s unparalleled history of long standing peace puts Zambia under the spotlight as the world waits to see how peace can be maintained.
And President Lungu has said that traditional ceremonies like the Ukusefya-Pa-Ng’wena play a vital role in uniting the nation.
He pledged his government’s commitment to bettering the welfare of Chiefs across the country by constructing palaces.
Meanwhile, paramount Chief Mwine-Lubemba says he will not entertain falsehoods about President Lungu saying his Chiefdom fully recognises him as duly elected Head of State.
In a speech read for him by Ambassador Kasonde Kasutu, Mwine-Lubemba thanked the PF government for embarking on unprecedented infrastructure development in his area and the entire country at large.
He implored President Lungu to ignore enemies of development and continue moving the country forward.
The Paramount Chief also appealed on government to consider empowering his subjects with mechanized farming equipment.
Mwine-Lubemba lamented that his people have remained subsistence farmers for a long time owing to lack of equipment.
He noted that once his people are given modern farming equipment, they will produce more crops and subsequently better their livelihoods.
Paramount Chief Chiti Mukulu further implored government to woo agro investors to his kingdom.
Meanwhile, Government has distanced itself from reports that it blocked Roan Member of Parliament Chishimba Kambwili from attending the Ukusefya Pa N’gwena traditional ceremony.
Chief government spokesperson Kampamba Mulenga says Mr. Kambwili was instead stopped from coming to the ceremony by the Chitimukulu because of his alleged tribal remarks suggesting that there is tension between the Bembas and Tongas.
Ms Mulenga says contrary to Mr. Kambwili’s remarks, the presence of nine chiefs from Southern Province at the ceremony is a sign that there is no tension between the two tribes.
She said it is unfortunate that Mr. Kambwili has continued to issue tribal remarks in the media.
And Northern Province Police Commissioner Richard Mweene said Mr. Kambwili was informed by the Chitimukulu that he was not needed at the ceremony and he cooperated.
Mr. Mweene said it is not true that Mr. Kambwili was blocked by the officers.