By Bright Chikele:
PRESIDENT Edgar Lungu has reaffirmed Government‘s desire towards ensuring traditional leaders in the country have access to decent housing by upgrading palaces in various chiefdoms.
The President said Government respected traditional leaders because they were custodians of culture and traditions and had power to unite the country through dialogue.
Speaking to traditional leaders that included Chieftainess Choongo and Chieftainess Mwenda shortly before the handing over of the newly constructed modern palace in Monze District on Wednesday, President Lungu said he believed that traditional leaders had a role to play especially advising Government on how to effectively carry out development programmes in rural areas.
“Your royal highness, I thank you more sincerely for welcoming us here. My task is simply to show solidarity to the traditional leaders as I have always said it is you our mothers and fathers who represent Government. It is you who can tell us that here there is a problem of early marriages. It’s you who can tell us that there are challenges here and so if you tell us things are getting on well we tend to be very happy,” said the President.