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President Hichilema says he will respect and work with all traditional leaders across the country.

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President Hakainde Hichilema says he will respect and work with all traditional leaders across the country. President Hichilema says under his leadership, all chiefs will be treated fairly and equally, without any segregation.

The President was speaking in Chisamba today when he called on Chief Chamuka of Chisamba district.

And President Hichilema notes that come January 2022, his government will put more money into the constituencies with the sole purpose of empowering people at the local level.

‘Come January 2022, you will see more money coming into Chisamba, Keembe. In short we have put money into the constituencies,” the President said.

President Hichilema says his administration is determined to fight corruption in order for everyone to benefit from the national assets and resources.

And Mr Hichilema has reaffirmed his administration’s hard work towards controlling illegal mining activities, saying there is need for mining licences to benefit the local people while foreign investors partner with the locals.

He noted that land must also benefit the local people but stressed the need for unity of purpose among the leadership to achieve meaningful development.

Earlier, Chief Chamuka told President Hichilema that illegal miners have invaded his chiefdom.

The traditional leader wondered why foreign miners were being given more than one mining licences as opposed to the local people.

“I have heard that our law allows giving foreign investors an unlimited number of licences to undertake mining activities. Let us limit this in order for our local people to benefit from our minerals.” The traditional leader said.

And Chief Chamuka has appealed to President Hichilema to look into the plight of children who are failing to pay school fees.

He said most parents were struggling to pay school fees, due to the COVID-19 pandemic which has forced them out of employment.

9 COMMENTS

  1. Surely there are good traditional leaders. But the vast majority stops or slows development. Or is corrupt, as we have seen under the PF government. Example: Chieftainess Nkhomeshya from Chongwe has blocked all development in the area, she has no idea what is good for the local population, and now all investment has gone to neighboring areas. Bypass useless leaders like that!

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  2. “Come January 2022, you will see more money coming into Chisamba, Keembe. In short we have put money into the constituencies,” the President said.” LT

    UPND administration can you be clear what type of funds you talking about and the sources of your funding is it credit, venture capital, donations, grants, savings, subsidies, and taxes?

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  3. flag Jigga Kayama Simangulungwa (formerly Corruption scandals: 48 Houses Social Security Cash Luxury Presidential Jet Ambulances Fire Trucks Mukula Trees Ndola-Lusaka Rd Malawi Maizegate Fuelgate Swaziland landgate Zesco Loans Honeybee)

    I submit that the government of HH and UPND will not succeed if all they want to do is applying bandaid patches here and there to what the PF did. Simple piecemeal correction work will not do it. They need a complete overhaul; a disruptive revolution (if not evolution) in most areas of governance.
    As an example here, the idea of simply adding extra cash to the Constituencies will not realise the promised decentralization type of government. You need to actually empower local govts to make their own laws; collect revenue and even determine their own tax system.
    These traditional chiefs instead of being cozy with the elite, they should go back to working hard for the people; get dirty and sweaty instead of mingling with the rich.

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  4. ‘Come January 2022, you will see more money coming into Chisamba, Keembe…….” This is very interesting! When you promise to implement something, we need to know when the promise will be fulfilled.

  5. @ Jigga Kayama plus name and vyamuteyama you could have missed HH being on record saying most of the available resources would be directed to rural areas than continuing with the trend where most of the national development resources have been spent in urban areas. So how can one simply explain it to the area chief that he/she has visited other than telling the host that your area would be better funded than previously experienced? Simply put improved CDF allocation and disbursement would favor rural constituencies. I am just piecing together some of the presidents utterances in contextual totality! One needs to connect the dots to see the diagram.

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