President Edgar Lungu says his government prioritised traditional leaders’ affairs because they are key to national development.
Meeting chiefs Katumba and chieftainess Nyanje of the Chewa and Nsenga people in Sinda district, President Lungu said chiefs should interact with government and dialogue over development issues.
He told chiefs to continue supporting him and his government.
And chief Katumba commended government for the many developmental projects being implemented in all chiefdoms of Sinda district.
He said the lives of many people in Sinda has been improved hence people in his area were supporting President Lungu in the forthcoming election.
Meanwhile, chieftainess Nyanje urged President Lungu to continue with the heart of kindness to help the poor people in the country.
President Lungu arrived in Eastern Province this morning and since toured Nyimba; Lusangazi and Sinda districts.
Earlier, President Edgar Lungu has asked chiefs in Nyimba district to always dialogue and interact with the local political leaders and his office in order to foster development in the area.
President Lungu said it was important for traditional leaders to point out what development achievements have been done and appreciate it.
He said it was also pleasing that the chiefs in Nyimba district were appreciative of the various pieces of infrastructure that government has put up in the area.
ZANIS reports that President Lungu was speaking in Nyimba today when he met chiefs Nyalugwe, Ndake, Senior Chief Luembe and Chieftainess Mwape, all of Nyimba district in Eastern Province.
President Lungu said traditional leaders should also tell government the kind of development they need to have in their areas.
He said it was not good for people to merely complain about what has not been done without acknowledging developmental achievements that have been scored.
And President Lungu said development was a gradual process which requires people to be patient with government as it continues to develop all key sectors of the economy.
And President Lungu further called for the diversification of the agricultural sector.
And speaking on behalf of other traditional leaders who met the President, Chief Luembe thanked government for opening the 2021 crop marketing season early and raising the floor price for white maize to K150 per 50 kilogramme bag.
The Chief said the move has kicked out briefcase maize buyers from business.
He further thanked government for building secondary schools in all the chiefdoms in Nyimba district and for the social cash transfer being given to vulnerable people.
Chief Luembe also said people in the area were grateful for the rehabilitation of the Great East road, which he said has eased movements and reduced travel time.
The traditional leader has meanwhile expressed happiness that the Rural Electrification Authority (REA) has connected power to some remote places in Nyimba.
President Lungu is in Eastern Province to inspect development projects being carried out in the region.