Chiefs in North-Western Province should take centre stage in fighting any form of tribalism, says Gender Minister Professor Nkandu Luo.
The minister said as custodians of tradition and culture, chiefs should work together to promote unity among their subjects.
“As Government we place traditional ceremonies and traditional leaders in high esteem because it is through these ceremonies that we can all come together and share in the richness of our culture,” she said.
Prof. Luo said she was delighted to see chiefs from other regions because this was a sign of solidarity and respect for tribal diversity.
She hailed the traditional leaders for living and working together in harmony
The Gender minister noted that the collective decision made by the chiefs to move the provincial capital to Mufumbwe was a sign of togetherness.
She said despite the different tribes in the province the chiefs spoke with one voice during the meeting with his President Edgar Lungu.
“We are all Zambians regardless of political affiliation, hence the need to say ‘no’ to tribal remarks and any form of tribalism,” she said.
Speaking during the Lubinda Ntongo ceremony of the Kaonde speaking people in Chief Mumena’s area, Prof. Luo reiterated government’s commitment to promoting togetherness and saying no to tribalism.
“As Government we completely believe in “One Zambia One Nation because peace and togetherness is key to prosperity as a nation,” she said.
The minister added that government was also committed to bringing development to the province.
She said Government aims to complete the Solwezi-Chingola road and Solwezi-Kabompo road because a good road network was vital for development.
“Included on the developmental projects is the completion of 65 health posts allocated to the province to ensure quality health for the people in the province,” she said.
Because Government placed a priority on education and the girl child, in September a programme wouldbe launched to offer vulnerable girls a chance to go to school in order to reduce early marriage.
Prof. Luo added that to this effect construction of staff houses at various schools has begun.