Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Sata keen to develop Zambia - Kabimba
By Charles Mangwato in Namwala
Sun 23 June 2013, 14:01 CAT

PRESIDENT Michael Sata is obsessed with developing Zambia across provinces and tribal boundaries, says Wynter Kabimba.

And Kabimba says the Patriotic Front government is against the indiscriminate allocation of land by traditional leaders to foreigners.

Officiating at the installation ceremony of chief Mukobela of the Ila people of Namwala yesterday, Kabimba, the Patriotic Front secretary general and justice minister, said President Sata would not discriminate against any province or ethnicity in development the country.

Kabimba said since the PF took over government, Zambia had witnessed unprecedented levels of development.

"Some critics of the PF were saying that if the PF gets into
government there will be war, but instead what we have seen is
development all over the country since President Sata took over."

He said the installation of chief Mukobela attests the PF
government's commitment to respect traditional leaders.

"For eleven years, this chiefdom has had no chief but as soon as the matter was brought to the attention of the PF government, I quickly informed the president, hence the getting of chief Mukobela and his installation," he said.

He said the PF government would like the traditional leadership to partner with government in developing the country on a day-to-day basis.

"In the past there was no respect for chiefs and yet they are
components of development," he said.

Kabimba said it was the policy of the PF government to ensure that traditional leaders effectively participate in developing
the country.

And Kabimba urged chiefs to guard against indiscriminate
allocation of land to foreigners.

He said subjects must also develop political conscious not to allow chiefs to indiscriminately allocate land to foreigners.

"There is no way a chief can allocate 10,000 hectare of land to
foreigners," he said.

Speaking earlier, Southern Province minister Daniel Munkombwe expressed concerned at the increasing chieftainship succession disputes in the province.

He said the prolonged succession disputes of Mweemba and
Hamaundu chiefs of Sinazongwe and Pemba districts respectively was retarding development.

Munkombwe said some unknown people were masquerading as chiefs while others were trying to revive some unknown chiefdoms.

The installation ceremony was also witnessed by deputy minister of agriculture Rayford Monde and his commerce
counterpart Richwell Siamunene.

Others chiefs who attended include Monze, Mungaila, Muwezwa, Shimbizyi and Kaingu.



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