SENIOR Chief Mushili of the Lamba people in Masaiti District has urged his subjects not to engage themselves in any form of violence as the country heads towards this year's tripartite elections.
The chief was speaking through his clerk, Christopher Kaluba during the hand-over ceremony of 40 draft cattle and two bulls to Kaunga Women Group in Kafulafuta by Heifer International on Monday.
The chief said the peace which his subjects had enjoyed in the past should continue to prevail as there could be no effective development in his chiefdom if the people did not embrace peace.
He said the Lambas were peaceful people and no one would be allowed to disrupt the peace that existed in his chiefdom. Meanwhile, the chief has praised Heifer International for its donation of the draft cattle to his subjects.
The chief said before Heifer International came to the area, there were only a few people who owned animals but now more families were proud owners of animals such as cattle and goats.
He urged the beneficiaries to take care of the animals which they had received and use them to promote food security at household level so that poverty could be wiped out in the area.
And Heifer country director, James Kasongo praised the Government for its support to Heifer International programmes.
He said the Government's support always provided the energy to do even more in complementing the Government's efforts to end hunger and poverty among the disadvantaged citizens in rural areas of Zambia.
Mr Kasongo thanked all stakeholders, including Elanco, Heifer International headquarters, Government departments, as well as the Village Water and National Food and Nutrition Commission for their sacrifice and contributions.
He said what was important to note was that Zambia was now a lower middle-income country and a B+ sovereign State.
"We want to do more so that soon we can become a rich country. This is possible if we can have more communities like Kaunga throughout Zambia and strengthen support from organisations such as Elanco," he said.
Meanwhile, Copperbelt Province Permanent Secretary Villie Lombanya urged the beneficiaries to be committed to ending hunger and poverty through the use of the animals which would change their lives.
In a speech read for him by Ndola District Commissioner Joshua Mutisa, he said their commitment would give hope to the children by providing for household needs and breaking the cycle of poverty in their families.
He hoped that the recipients would succeed with the project and attract more assistance from the Government and other organisations to achieve greater things in their community.