CHIEF Mumena of the Kaonde people in North-Western Province has called on candidates to be open minded on the outcome of next Tuesday’s presidential election.
Speaking when FDD leader Edith Nawakwi paid a courtesy call on him at his palace in Solwezi yesterday, the traditional leader observed that the FDD president was exhibiting rare leadership qualities which should be emulated by fellow contenders in the race.
He noted that some candidates have been going around the country behaving as though they had already been sworn in and wondered what would happen to the country when these same leaders lose the elections. Chief Mumena advised other leaders to take a leaf from the FDD president who has carried out issue-based campaigns.
“We have noticed that some candidates are moving around the country behaving and talking like they have already won the elections. Now, we wonder what will happen to them and the country if they lose,” he said
The traditional leader further acknowledged the need for remodeling the way resources were distributed by Government as the current system perpetrated inequalities.
He added that there was need to include locals in the way resources were distributed and managed.
“I agree with you when you say there is need for people to be involved in solving their problems in different areas because what is happening now is definitely not working for our people who are still wallowing in poverty despite sitting on wealth.
“We will continue singing about poverty if we don’t change our approach on how we try to solve different challenges in different areas,” he said.