Newly elected Local Government Association of Zambia (LGAZ) president Samuel Munthali has pledged to create a good relationship between the central Government and the association.
And Mr Munthali has urged losing candidates to rally behind him and put aside the outcome of the LGAZ presidential elections.
Mr Munthali polled 51 votes against his closest rival, former Choma mayor Jackson Makwamba who got 22 votes while Kitwe mayor Kelvin Sinyangwe got 20 votes.
And speaking in an interview with the Daily Nation in Livingstone, Mr Munthali said the association was a well-organized institution.
He said his main objective as new LGAZ president was to unite members and also create good relations between central government and the association.
“Well, it was not an easy race because we had seven contestants but some pulled out after being approached to support me. We managed to get support from three provinces and that is how I emerged victorious.
“For your own information this association is very organized but I am here to create a good relationship between us and Government. It is our duty to undertake such functions. I am coming with a vision to create this good relationship and above all unite our general membership,” said Mr Munthali. He said it was high time councillors were appreciated for the role they played in the governance system of Zambia.
“As councillors, we need to be appreciated for the role we play. We need to be a proud local government,” Mr Munthali said.