Chief Shakumbila welcomes subsidy increase

PRESIDENT Edgar Lungu is today expected to be in Central Province to inspect various infrastructural developments projects.

Mumbwa district commissioner Joseph Kamana confirmed this yesterday, saying that the Head of State was expected to visit Mumbwa and Shibuyunji districts.

He said the President would also meet Chief Shakumbila of Sala and Ila people with over 200 Headmen and members of the general public at Chisalu Palace in Shibuyunji.

And Chief Shakumbila said it was a rare privilege to have the Head of State visits his Chiefdom.

He said people in his area were anxious to meet President Lungu as he would be the third Republican President to visit the Chiefdom.

“I am very happy and honoured that the President will be visiting my Chiefdom. This doesn’t just happen. So far, President Lungu will be the third Head of State to my Chiefdom. Others who have visited are First Republican President Dr. Kenneth Kaunda and Late third Republican President Levy Mwanawasa,” he said.

Meanwhile, Chief Shakumbila charged that people criticising government over the increment of allowances for Chiefs were being unrealistic.

The traditional leader said there was nothing strange with this move by government as it was long overdue.

He said Chiefs in Central Province were very happy with the development. Chief Shakumbila also appealed to his fellow traditional leaders to desist from partisan politics as the country heads towards the August 11 general elections.

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