GOVERNMENT has distanced itself from the installation of two Chokwe chiefs in Manyinga district of North Western Province.
Vice President Inonge Wina said Government had nothing to do with the crowning of the Chokwe chiefs.
Ms Wina was speaking when she paid a courtesy call on Senior Chief Sikufele at his palace in Manyinga district.
‘’Your royal highness, it is not Government’s position to recognise and crown more traditional leaders apart from the already gazetted ones,” said Ms Wina said.
Recently, two chiefs for the Chokwe speaking people of North Western Province were installed in Manyinga district.
The installation of the two chiefs has upset Senior Chief Sikufele of the Mbunda speaking people in the district.
Speaking through his representative Billy Mawandi, Senior Chief Sikufele said he was not consulted as the gazetted chief in the district.
‘’It is for this reason that I am appealing to Government to intervene in this matter,’’ the chief said.
Meanwhile, Senior Chief Sikufele has appealed to Government to accelerate infrastructure development in Manyinga district.
The chief further urged Government to consider declaring Manyinga as the new provincial headquarters of North Western Province.
In response, the Vice President said Government will construct a district hospital, improve the road network and connect the district to the national electricity grid.
And addressing a public rally at Manyinga Resource Centre grounds, the Vice President reiterated Government’s commitment in making Manyinga a modern town through infrastructure development.
She said Manyinga was a fast growing district in the province with increased population.
‘’It is for this reason that the Patriotic Front government under the able leadership of President Edgar Lungu will soon commence the construction of a district hospital, a modern girls’ boarding school and police station,’’ she said.