Politicians can learn a lot from the unity exhibited by traditional leaders, Vice President Inonge Wina has said.
She said this during the Ukusefya Pa Ngwena traditional ceremony of the Bemba-speaking people in Mungwi district yesterday.
Mrs Wina said the ceremony had shown that Zambians were united and could not be divided on ethic lines.
She said the One Zambia One nation motto could only serve its true meaning if all Zambians especially political leaders exhibited unity as witnessed at the ceremony.
“Chiefs have shown us that we are a united people and we cannot be separated on tribal lines. I think as politicians we can learn a lot from the 35 chiefs who travelled from all parts of the country just to witness and be part of the ceremony,” Mrs Wina said
She called on traditional leaders in the country to help curb early marriages.
She observed that young girls were dropping out of school due to early pregnancies which resulted in them getting married before they were ready.
Mrs. Wina said both the girl and boy children were important and needed to complete education if the country was to develop.
She acknowledged that poverty could have been the main driver to early marriages but appealed to traditional leaders to help sensitize society on the vice.
At the same event, the newly installed Paramount chief of the Bemba people Henry Kanyanta Sosala reiterated his appeal for Government not to interfere in the management of traditional affairs.
Paramount Chief Chitimukulu who spoke through representative Kasonde Kasutu, assured government that he was ready to partner with it to implenent development projects.
“The road to economic freedom is long. Let us work together and help develop the country,” he said.
He thanked government for expanding education infrastructure in Mungwi because it was an important tool for children to become better citizens.
Meanwhile, First Republican President Dr. Kenneth Kaunda has been bestowed with freedom of the Bemba Kingdom.
Paramount chief Chitimukulu said this was in recognition of the role Dr. Kaunda played in uniting the nation.
And MMD president Dr. Nevers Mumba who attended the ceremony said culture played a key role in uniting the nation hence the need for government to respect traditional structures.
He said he was happy that the ukusefya pa ngwena traditional ceremony had been celebrated after three years.