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Do Not Abuse Traditional Leaders for Political Agendas, Lungu Challenges Privileged Zambians

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President Edgar Lungu has challenged Zambians who are privileged with resources to help take care of traditional leaders in the country, as opposed to abusing them for political agendas.

President Lungu said it was sad that most traditional leaders are living in conditions not befitting chiefs and yet wealthy sons and daughters of the land are failing to look after them.

The Head of State said it was unfortunate that wealthy citizens prefer to seek endorsements from the traditional leaders, rather than looking into their welfare.

President Lungu said this when he held a meeting with six traditional leaders in Itezhi Tezhi district in Central Province.

The six ILA chiefs who attended the meeting include Chieftainess Muwezwa, Chiefs Musengwa, Kaingu, Shezongo, Shimbizhi and Chief Chilyabufu’s representative.

President Lungu said though it is government’s duty to look into the welfare of Chiefs, it was imperative that sons and daughters of chiefdoms supplement government efforts.

The President pointed out that government has pressing and competing needs to address.

The Head of State however assured the traditional leaders that government remains committed to delivering development in the area.

President Lungu said he will engage the Ministry of National Development Planning on whether any plans have been put up for the construction of a bridge on the Kafue river to connect the district to Namwala.

And President Lungu has told the Chiefs that no nation including Zambia can develop without education.

He said his administration has placed a high premium on education, health infrastructure development in order to improve the welfare of Zambians.

The President added that he will engage the Ministry of Health on the need to improve the health infrastructure and delivery of essential drugs in the district.

He assured the Chiefs that he will find out why the Itezhi-Tezhi Power Corporation was not remitting to the community the 0.5 royalty.

This follows complaints from the chiefs that the power utility company was not honouring its contractual obligations.

And the traditional leaders have pledged to ensure that there is peace in the country before, during and after the forth coming general elections.

Speaking on behalf of other traditional leaders, Chieftainess Muwezwa said Zambia has been a peaceful country and that there is no other place to run to.

The chiefs had earlier presented a list of developmental challenges in the district that require government’s immediate attention.

Chieftainess Muwezwa implored government to work on the Lusaka- Itezhi Tezhi road.

And Central Province Minister Sydney Mushanga said works on the road had not been completed because the contractor was waiting for a quotation and approval of works to commence.

The Minister disclosed that approval to complete the road construction has since been granted.

23 COMMENTS

  1. My biggest issues with ECL is that the man is a hypocrite. A wolf in sheep clothing. A tribalist charlatan. A thief hiding behind the vale of humility. Sadly, he thinks Zambians have not caught on to who and what he is. It is your season Mr. President. Enjoy it for everything has an end.

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  2. But ba Lungu, do you really think Zambians are still that stupid. Paku ononga mwenze nweka, and upon realizing Zambians know how much lies you have told them to , you are now doing everything possible to have the traditional leaders now you want fight for you?
    You are kind of strange mwe!

  3. Lungu is already abusing traditional leaders by hoodwinking them with tu ma bicycles here and there, tu ma K5 pin, K10 pin where ever he goes visiting them. Our traditional leaders deserve decent palaces, roads leading to their chiefdoms. Fortunately, chiefs are aware of Lungu’s deceptive tricks.

  4. The goodness with Lungu is that when he’s doing something wrong he goes and reports himself publicly. In essence, he is saying look I am abusing traditional leaders for politics. He is so dull. Well, he is your Trump version. You voted for him. To these crooks the truth doesn’t matter.

  5. The only Zambians with the capability to Abuse Traditional Leaders for Political Agendas are, Lungu, HH, Nawakwi, Nervas Mumba, Kambwili in short politicians not any of us. Lungu should therefore limit his audience for such admonitions to Privileged Zambians not to us unpriviledged citizens

  6. This La7y man does not even believe his own advice, him addressing them is an abuse itself….just last week he was sat there when Chiefs were endorsing him.

  7. HERE IS A LEADER MISLEADING CHIEFS INTO INDUSTRIAL SCALE LAZINESS, WITH ALL THAT LAND SURROUNDING THEM WHY SHOULD THEY BE BEGGERS.
    LET’S HOPE HE NOT REFERING TO HH?

  8. If President Lungu was sitting in his own office while making this statement may be, just may be, we could accept his sincerity. But wait a moment; his moving from palace to palace bad mouthing the his opponents. His comments are not national building but self serving

  9. WEALTHY CITIZENS HELPING THEIR CHIEFDOMS OR AREAS THEN WHAT WILL THE LOCAL AND CENTRAL GOVERNMENTS BEEN DOING AS THEY COLLECT TAXES AND LEVIES FROM THE SAME PEOPLE. GOVT CAN’ THINK OR DREAM OF BUILDING A BRIDGE ACROSS KAFUE RIVER TO CONNECT ITZHI TEZHI TO NAMWALA WHEN THEY HAVE FAILED TO REHABILITATE KAFUE HOOK BRIDGE. EVEN IN TERMS OF ECONOMIC ACTIVITIES ITS NOT FEASIBLE. THE BEST WOULD BE TO RELOCATE THE FORMER KAZUNGULA PONTOON TO NAMWALA – ITEZHI TEZHI. THIS TIME AROUND WE ARE YET TO HEAR A LOT OF HEAVEN ON EARTH FROM OUR POLITICIANS. NO WONDER THE JEHOVAS WITNESSES ALWAYS OPT OUT OF THE POITICAL LOOP.

  10. There he goes again trying to deflect and escape responsibilities. If chiefs are living in poverty then you should be the first one to be blamed. Privileged people pay tax from which you should get money to improve their living conditions. Instead you use the money to buy luxurious jets, fund useless Bill 10 campaigns and issue brown envelopes to your praise singers. Who do you think you are fooling?

  11. Kaizer, advise this man properly or take over! He is abusing them right in this meeting and pretending it is someone else doing that! He is the one parading chiefs to give them some doses of humble lies, is it not? Kaizer do your job or take over! Kaizer for president!!

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