Friday, June 17, 2011

Emulate Nkomeshya, Scott urges chiefs

Emulate Nkomeshya, Scott urges chiefs
By Brina Manenga
Thu 16 June 2011, 06:40 CAT

CHIEFS in the country should emulate chieftainess Nkomeshya by siding with their people, says PF vice-president Guy Scott. In an interview, Scott said it was unfortunate that traditional leaders were willing to please political parties for their own benefits while forgetting the needs of the people.

“People need traditional leaders who are strong and able to speak out if they see their people are being marginalised. Chieftainess Nkomeshya demonstrated a strong character and she is the kind of leader that people need. She has shown that she is not afraid to speak out because she knows that her people deserve so much more than they are getting from this government,” said Dr Scott.

“There is so much more that other traditional leaders can learn from her. She is a genuine leader that will not just support any political party for the sake of it but a leader who values the wellbeing of her people. Those are the attributes of a true leader, a leader who puts her people first.”

He said traditional leaders were closer to the people and they needed to ensure that the needs of the people in their chiefdoms were addressed.

“Traditional leaders are supposed to champion development for their people. They are supposed to stand by their people and ensure that no political party tries to influence their minds through promises of development,” he said.

Scott said traditional leaders should work towards improving the lives of their people.

“Traditional leaders are leaders for everyone. What we have been seeing is unfortunate. It deprives the people they lead of development,” said Scott. “What people need are traditional leaders that will embrace every political party.

Traditional leaders should not trade their people’s wellbeing for chickens or anything else. Traditional leaders should be strong and courageous people who are willing to stand up and speak out for their people.”

Recently, chieftainess Nkomeshya Mukamambo II of the Soli people of Lusaka Province questioned the benefits of voting for the MMD government when it had failed to deliver development in her area.

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