PRESIDENT Michael Sata yesterday held a meeting with 18 Chewa chiefs and four MMD Members of Parliament (MPs) from Eastern Province in his continued efforts to embrace all interest groups in national development.
The traditional leaders and MPs arrived at State House around 15:00 hours in the company of Eastern Province Permanent Secretary, Emmanuel Mwamba for the meeting which lasted for almost two hours.
Just before the meeting started, President Sata asked three MPs to leave.
Those who were ordered out of the meeting were Lumezi MP Isaac Banda, Allan Mbewe of Chadiza and Chipangali parliamentarian Vincent Mwale.
Mr Banda served as Mines Deputy Minister, but resigned from the Patriotic Front (PF) Government.
The MPs who proceeded with the meeting were Sinda MP Levy Ngoma, his Milanzi counterpart Whiteson Banda, Kapoche MP Nicholas Banda, who is Agriculture Deputy Minister, and David Phiri from Mkaika, who is Deputy Minister of Tourism and Arts.
President Sata was accompanied to the meeting by Home Affairs Minister Edgar Lungu, Agriculture and Livestock Minister Emmanuel Chenda, and Chiefs and Traditional Affairs Minister, Nkandu Luo.
Education Minister John Phiri and his Health counterpart Joseph Kasonde were also present.
The traditional leaders from Katete were Chief Mbang'ombe and Chief Kathumba while Paramount Chief Gawa Undi sent a representative, Joseph Chikhunta.
Those from Chadiza were Chief Mlolo, Chief Zingalume, Chief Pembamoyo, and Chief Mwangala while those from Chipata were Chief Chanje, Chief Mkanda, Chief Chikuwe, and Chief Mafuta.
Lundazi chiefs were Senior Chief Mwase, Chief Mwase Mpangwe, Chief Chikomeni, Chief Mwanya, Chief Zumwanda, Chief Chitungulu, Chief Kapichila and Chief Kazembe.
President Sata has so far engaged 62 traditional rulers at State House on matters of national interest.