Government says it remains committed to work with traditional leaders across the country, in order to spur development.

Minister of Chiefs and Traditional Affairs Lawrence Sichalwe says government recognises the important role that traditional leaders play in the country’s development process.

Mr. Sichalwe charged that traditional leaders are responsible for governing local communities as well as championing development in chiefdoms, because they understand the needs of their people.

The minister who was speaking at this year’s Insonge traditional ceremony of the Bisa speaking people of Shiwan’gandu district in Muchinga province, said policies that enhance the dignity of the institution of chieftaincy will continue to be implemented.

And in a speech read on his behalf, Chief Chibesakunda of the Bisa people of Shiwangandu thanked government for the continued support rendered in enhancing traditional ceremonies.

Chief Chibesakunda noted that the partnership between the two parties is a clear indication that government wants to take development to all parts of the country, and the traditional leadership is no exception.

The traditional leader further extended his appreciation for the developmental projects in Matumbo area such as the construction of a secondary school, a police station, expansion of Matumbo and Mulanga hospitals among other others.

The Insonge traditional ceremony was attended by Minister of Higher Education Nkandu Luo, former Chief Justice Chibesakunda, Muchinga province Deputy Permanent Secretary Davy Chanda and other senior government officials.

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