Traditional leaders on the Copperbelt have expressed sadness over the transfer of former Copperbelt Minister Bowman Lusambo to Lusaka in the same capacity.
Speaking on behalf of all the 15 Chiefs in the province, Chairperson of the Lamba Lima Royal Establishment Senior Chief Chiwala said the traditional leaders would have preferred that Mr Lusambo continues as Copperbelt Minister.
Senior Chief Chiwala however said that the Chiefs welcome President Edgar Lungu’s decision to appoint Mr Lusambo as Lusaka Province Minister saying the appointment demonstrates the confidence the Head of State has in the Kabushi lawmaker.
Senior Chief Chiwala was speaking during a luncheon hosted by Mr Lusambo at his Ndola residence on Sunday.
“We are really saddened that you are leaving us. When you were appointed, all of us were overjoyed because it was the first time since Independence that our own true son of the soil was heading the Province and we saw your true commitment to the province during your stay here. We have never had a Minister like you in this province,” Senior Chief Chiwala said.
He added, “However, we are still happy that you are moving to Lusaka to manage the number one province in the nation and we are elated that the President has recognised your leadership qualities and taken you to Lusaka.”
Senior Chief Chiwala said the Royal Establishment was happy that Mr Lusambo managed to unify all the Chiefs in the Province.
“The unity we have seen in this Province since you arrived is something wonderful. You worked tirelessly to unify all of us and fostered development in our province. Truly you are a son of the soil because your commitment spoke for itself,” he said.
Senior Chief Chiwala along with all the Chiefs took time to bless Mr Lusambo and wished him success as he starts his new tour of duty as Lusaka Province Minister.
“Go well our son and work for the nation. You did very well here although we are aware that some of your detractors here on the Copperbelt worked so hard to fight you and created a lot of lies but God will continue to shield you from your enemies as you go to Lusaka,” he said.
And Mr Lusambo thanked the traditional leaders for the wise counsel and support he received when he served as Minister for Copperbelt.
“I am highly indebted to you my Fathers and Mothers here for the wisdom you shared during my stay here. Remember, i am not going away, this is my village and from time to time i shall be calling on you for advice,” Mr Lusambo said.
Some political observers on the Copperbelt have credited Mr Lusambo for the resurgence of the ruling PF which saw the party scoop a Local Government seat in a by-election in Mpongwe’s Fungulwe area, a constituency held by the opposition UPND.