8 February 2013

Zambia: Govt Offers Incentives to Traditional Leaders

The Zambian Government has announced plans to send traditional leaders to school to acquire leadership and community development skills.

And Chiefs and Traditional Affairs minister professor Nkandu Luo says the PF government will build new palaces and rehabilitate old houses for all chiefs across the country starting this year.

Speaking when she met, Senior Chiefs and other traditional leaders at a workshop in Western Province today, Luo said government would soon send chiefs to Chalimbana training college.

Luo said government further intends to introduce industries in chiefdoms and would engage the traditional leaders in running the industries.

"There are abundant natural resources in the chiefdoms and since you are the custodians of these resources, it is important that we work with you royal highnesses in preserving these natural resources," Luo said.

She said government had re-introduced courses for chiefs to be going to Chalimbana Training College to learn leadership skills.

And Luo tasked the Chiefs to come up with village registers and record all births and deaths in the area.

She said this would help in the campaigns against communicable diseases reproductive health and gender based violence.

The minister also took a shot at the opposition during her announcement, arguing that the MMD government "failed to develop rural areas because it excluded chiefs from the governance system."

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