I WILL not interfere with the running of traditional affairs once voted into government, UPND president Hakainde Hichilema has pledged.
And Senior Chief Kasempa has expressed concern that during political campaigns, he receives a lot of visitors who disappear after elections.
Meanwhile, Mr Hichilema has charged that he was dismayed with the way the Patriotic Front was handling customary land issues.
Speaking when he paid a courtsey call on Senior Chief Kasempa at his palace on Friday, Hakainde said that it was not UPND’s vision to interfere in traditional affairs.
Mr Hichilema said chiefs should be left alone to handle their affairs without the involvement of government.
He said traditional leaders played a critical role in the development and sustenance of any nation adding that his party would work hand in hand with all traditional leaders in the country.
Mr Hichilema criticized the PF Government for its alleged interference in the selection process of chiefs in the country.
The UPND leader said once his party formed government after January 20, 2015, traditional leaders will be granted the respect they deserved.
He said the interference of government in matters concerning traditional issues has contributed to the many cases that have been witnessed in the country’s courts.
And Senior Chief Kasempa expressed concern that during campaigns he received a lot of visitors but they all disappeared after elections.
Chief Kasempa said as traditional leaders, they have an obligation to receive any member who wished to visit them.
He said it was only sad that every time there were elections, politicians visited palaces with so many promises which they however failed to honour.