MEMBERS of the House of Chiefs should desist from serving personal interests and instead strive to serve the interests of all traditional rulers in the country, Outgoing Chairperson of the Copper belt provincial Council of Chiefs Senior Chief Chiwala has said.
He said traditional leaders should be elected to represent the Lamba-Lima Royal establishment in the House of Chiefs to ensure they represented the interest of other chiefs within the Royal establishment.
Senior Chief Chiwala said he was grateful for the support given to him during his tenure as Chairperson of the provincial Council of Chiefs.
He was speaking yesterday at Lothian House in Kitwe before elections were held to choose the new members to represent the Copperbelt provincial Council of Chiefs in the House of Chiefs.
“Today, we have come to elect the new members to represent the Copper belt Provincial Council of Chiefs in the House of Chiefs. In the house of chiefs, you should not represent your personal interests, but you should represent the interest of other chiefs.
“So those who will be elected to represent the Copper belt Chiefs should not serve their own personal interests, but should strive to serve the interests of all the other chiefs within the Lamba-Lima Royal establishment,” said Senior Chief Chiwala.
And Copper belt Provincial Deputy Permanent Secretary Elias Kamanga thanked the Chiefs for the cooperation, commitment and support to government policies and programmes in developing the Chiefdoms and country at large.
He said Government would continue to notice the good gesture from the traditional leaders because it considered them as key partners in national development.
“We are meeting here to elect new members of the House of Chiefs of Zambia. First and foremost, let me take this opportunity to congratulate the outgoing members of the House of Chiefs for executing their duties diligently while representing the Copper belt Chiefs. ‘Tribute goes to your royal highness senior Chief Chiwala, Chief Lumpuma and Chieftainess Shimukunami for resilient and quality representation during your tenure of office. I salute you. Each time you were called to duty you responded positively even in very challenging situations,” Mr Kamanga said. He said he was confident that the Chiefs would vote objectively and with team spirit for new members that would exercise diplomacy and uphold integrity in the House of Chiefs.
“I do not doubt that the new members that will be elected will be able to effectively represent the plight of the Lamba-Lima Chiefs and the entire royal establishments in order to relentlessly seek solutions to a number of challenges facing the establishment,” Mr Kamanga said.
The meeting was attended by Senior Chief Chiwala, Chief Lumpuma, Chieftainess Malembeka, Chief Kalunkumy