NWP chiefs want a university


THE traditional leadership in North-Western Province has appealed to President Edgar Lungu to facilitate the establishment of a university to improve the educational standards in the region.

Senior Chief Kanongesha of the Lunda people bemoaned the low levels of education of the people of North-Western Province and made a passionate appeal to President Lungu for the building of a university to enhance educational standards.

Speaking on behalf of other chiefs in the province, Senior Chief Kanongesha said the low levels of education of the people in the area could be attributed to lack of higher institutions of learning and said the building of a university in the province would enhance standards.

Senior Chief Kanongesha, who was speaking at this year’s Lubinda Ntongo ceremony of the Kaonde people at Chief Mumena’s Palace in Solwezi on Saturday, also said North-Western Province deserved a better health institution and appealed for a hospital which would serve the needs of the entire population in the province.

The traditional leader, who reiterated the support of the chiefs for President Lungu because of the passion he has for the province, said the road network needed to be overhauled and spruced up, to make it easy for motorists and other road users.

“We are also asking that the provincial capital should be moved from Solwezi to Mufumbwe, which is a central location,” he said.

He said it was evident that President Lungu had a special place in his heart for the province as exhibited by his various activities of embracing the people of North-Western Province, citing his recent on-the-spot check of how dilapidated Mushindamo road was.

“We are so happy with President Lungu’s leadership because he has proved to us that he has passion for this province and he has been embracing the spirit of One Zambia One Nation in a positive manner. We recently had a meeting with him at State House and we were happy with the hospitality accorded to us,” the chief said.

At the same occasion, Gender Minister Nkandu Luo, who was the guest of honour, said she would deliver the requests the traditional leaders highlighted at the ceremony.

She said Government abhorred early marriages and tribalism as they were detrimental to the nation’s development. Professor Luo said Zambians should desist from tribal talk as it had no room in the Zambian society because of inter-marriages, which made it possible for people to co-exist.

She said Zambians should always preach love, peace and unity for the development of the country and reject people that were bent on promoting tribalism, which can easily ignite civil war. North-Western Province Minister Dawson Kafwaya said that members of Parliament in the province have unanimously supported the stance taken by chiefs to have the provincial capital shifted from Solwezi to Mufumbwe.

“As area MPs, we are in total agreement with our chiefs in the province that the provincial capital be moved from Solwezi to Mufumbwe and leave Solwezi as the mining town,” Mr Kafwaya said.

Story courtesy of SUMA SYSTEMS.

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