Minister of Chiefs and Traditional Affairs Joseph Katema must help resolve problems affecting traditional leadership, Senior Chief Puta has advised.
And Chief Puta said traditional leaders should be given powers to preside over land in their chiefdoms because they were custodians of land on behalf of their subjects.
The traditional leader said in an interview that Dr Katema should work hard and restore harmony in the chiefdoms.
The chief said Zambians should give President Lungu and the Patriotic Front (PF) Government chance to deliver on their promises.
“So far so good, I have no complaint with Edgar Lungu, especially in the Ministry of Chiefs and Traditional Affairs,” he said.
And Chief Puta said President Lungu should reverse the proposed land legislation in the draft Constitution which takes way powers of traditional leaders to preside over land.
He said taking away powers of traditional leaders could mean that the State wanted to abolish the chieftaincy in the country.
Chief Puta said during the UNIP administration, chiefs had powers over land and that there was nothing wrong for traditional leaders to continue to be in charge of land.
“In these chiefdoms we are keeping the land for our subjects, we are the custodians of land on behalf of the people and we have to keep our land safely for our subjects; some are in towns, some are out of the country and when they come back we have to give them land to settle,” he said.
Meanwhile, Chief Puta said the powers to recognise chiefs should be vested in the House of Chiefs because it understood matters of succession.