GOVERNMENT should embark on creating arenas for traditional ceremonies to attract tourists and not expect to be praised by mere construction of palaces, ‘’ says United Party for National Development (UPND) spokesperson Charles Kakoma.
Mr Kakoma who was reacting to news that government had begun building three palaces for chiefs in Southern Province said the development was something that was normal and the government should not expect any kudos for it.
He said government should consider something extraordinary like constructing arenas that would host many tourists during traditional ceremonies.
“Government should not expect to be praised for something that is ordinary, creating palaces for chiefs has been there even before PF came into power, why can’t we see them do something extraordinary like creating arenas for traditional ceremonies to host tourists who visit the country and attract more foreign exchange, ‘’ the spokesperson said.
He said traditional ceremony like the Mutomboko and others had the potential to attract many tourists to Zambia as it was a rare opportunity.
Mr Kakoma also said the government was mandated to ensure that development was spread nationwide and fairly.
He further urged the government to consider constructing a palace for Paramount chief Mpezeni of Eastern province, adding that his current home was dilapidated and not fit for a man of his status.
Meanwhile Chief Mweenda of Chikankata has praised government for considering her as one of the chiefs to have a palace built for her in the province.
She was aware that Government had started building palaces for the chiefs but said hers was special because it was the first in the province.
“I am so happy that the government has considered us here, I am aware that they are building these palaces nationwide and also three in our province but mine is special because it is the first in our province, ‘’ Mr Kakoma said..
Government recently announced that Southern Province would receive three palaces with chief Mweenda and Chief Choongo of Monze to be among the beneficiaries