PRESIDENT Edgar Lungu says he will not interfere in the recognition and gazzeting of traditional leaders because the amended Constitution does not allow him to do so.
Mr Lungu said instead of him recognising traditional, it was now the duty of the House of Chiefs as stipulated in the new constitution.
He was speaking when he held a meeting with Senior Chief Bright Nalubamba, Mungaila, Machila and Mukobela in Namwala District yesterday. President Lungu also said allowances to traditional leaders would only go to those recognized by the House of Chiefs.
“Under the new Constitution, the President has no powers to recognize a chief but it is the duty of the House of Chiefs,” he said.
President Lungu said the process of recognizing traditional leaders was entirely dependent on the chiefs themselves because they were the ones who were elected in the House of Chiefs.
He however appealed to the traditional leaders to always ensure that there was only one chief in each chiefdom for the purpose of allowances and chiefs grants.
The Head of State said interfering in the recognition and gazetting of traditional leaders was a challenge which most people could not see.
“We are not part of the chiefdoms in terms of recognition and gazetting,” President Lungu said.
And speaking on behalf of the traditional leaders chief Mukobela of Namwala told President Lungu that their biggest challenge in the district was the foot and mouth disease for animals.
The traditional leaders appealed to President Lungu to help provide the district with the vaccines needed for the diseases which they said was major threat to their precious animals..
And the traditional leaders have expressed confidence that they would have a better harvest this year because Namwala did not experience a severe drought.
And President Lungu in his response told the traditions leaders that he decided to appoint Itezi-tezi UPND member of parliament Greyford Monde and Livingstone Central PF member of Parliament Evans Lawrence to the Livestock Ministry so that the duo could revamp the livestock industry because Southern Province had the potential to feed the nation and export through livestock and fisheries farming.
He told traditional leaders that Mr Monde and Mr Lawrence were appointed to help traditional leaders and their subject’s resolve their problems.