Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Gawa Undi induna implores Zambians to uphold identity
By Christopher Miti and Moses Kuwema in Katete
Mon 02 Sep. 2013, 14:00 CAT

PARAMOUNT Chief Kalonga Gawa Undi's senior induna Joseph Chikuta Mbewe says Zambians should not lose their identity by copying things. In an interview after the Kulamba traditional ceremony on Saturday, Induna

Chikuta said imitating other people's cultures would not help Zambians. He urged people to attend traditional ceremonies such as the Kulamba so that they could learn their culture.

Induna Chikuta said one of the areas where Zambians had lost their culture was dressing.

"If we lose our identity by copying things, then it will not help us. You can see as of now our women go into the shops to go and shop nakedness. So I feel copying things that you don't know is not good. My appeal is that let's develop these ceremonies," he said.

Induna Chikuta said there was need to boost traditional ceremonies in the country.

He also said original Nyau dancers were now only found in villages.
Induna Chikuta also described the 2013 Kulamba traditional ceremony as a success.

He said traditional ceremonies served as a symbol of unity.

"My last word is not only going to Zambians but to Africans at large who did not attend the ceremony that they have denied themselves our way of life; our ceremonies bring so many people together. We tried it here; it succeeded. We had previously our Zambian President, we had the Mozambican President and we had the Malawian President attending this ceremony the same day. So to us, that was a testimony that the ceremony is a unifying factor," said Induna Chikuta.

This year's ceremony was attended by Vice-President Dr Guy Scott and his Malawian counterpart Khumbo Kachali.

Also in attendance were MMD president Nevers Mumba, UPND vice-president Canisius Banda, among others.

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