CHIEF Chitoshi of the Luungu people in Mporokoso district says traditional leaders are happy with the performance of the PF in the last five years and now that they have been given another five-year mandate they should accelerate development across the country.
Speaking when MMD president Felix Mutati paid a courtesy call on him at Mwandama palace in Mporokoso district, Chief Chitoshi said the chiefs were humbled by President Lungu’s continued call for peace in the country, saying that was a manifestation of a person who believed in and feared God.
“His continued message of peace is also humbling and a blessing to us because it shows that we have a God-fearing President. He should continue preaching peace wherever he goes because we also want peace in this country,” Chief Chitoshi said. He described the Namwala incident as unfortunate and no chief would tolerate such evil acts and God would punish the perpetrators for causing distress to innocent people.
The traditional leader said President Lungu should be a role model to everyone for his humility and a good example to those aiming for public office.
And chief Chitoshi said the three chiefs at the centre of the district had already agreed on the central place where the district administration would be established but the challenge was they needed to agree again with two new chiefs, Mukupa Kaoma and Shi Bwalya Kapila.
“I am the eldest chief in Lunte, but I will be there to support them and guide them because they are new in the land. No government can refuse what the chiefs have decided.
‘‘Others were saying ‘no’, let’s us just have two districts but I refused because one at the moment is enough for three chiefs,” he said.
Chief Chitoshi hoped that the newly elected Member of Parliament for Lunte constituency Mutotwe Kafwaya would take up developmental projects that the immediate past MP had left.
He said Mr Kafwaya should emulate Mr Mutati for his hard work, humility and respect for the people and a heart for the under-privileged in society.
Chief Chitoshi said Lunte and the entire chiefdom needed development because it had fertile land for agriculture and tourism sector.
Meanwhile, Mr Mutati, who is also former Lunte Member of Parliament, said the only four projects that would be worked on in the next five years was the district administrative offices, the rehabilitation of Zacharia Chanda road to bituminous standard, the construction of two major bridges, Lukulu and Luangwa, and the connection of the area to the national electricity grid.
Mr Mutati assured the people that the new MP would deliver to their expectations.