By Nation Reporter
THE Nsakwa yaba Kaonde traditional ceremony is planning to rebrand itself and become a front runner in promoting tourism in Zambia, says national chairman Lieutenant-General Sande Kayumba.
Gen Kayumba said the new vision of the traditional ceremony in 2016 was to promote tourism through national heritage and culture.
He said the Nsakwa yaba Kaonde was one of the biggest ethnic groups in Zambia, comprising the Kaonde people from Mumbwa, Mufumbwe, Mwiniluga, Kasempa and Solwezi districts led by more than 14 chiefs.
Gen Kayumba, who is now senior headman Ng’andula in Chief Mumena’s area and a former Zambia Air Force (ZAF) commander, said the association was planning to construct the chief’s mini palaces which would have a shopping mall, a lodge, Nsakwa museum, game ranch and a camping site.
It also plans to transform the Kaimbwe site into one of the best cultural ceremonial spots in Zambia which would be held every October and open to the public at a nominal fee.
He said once the structures were in place, they would provide service to visitors and tourists to the North-Western Province, adding that the camping site would also be a business centre for back packers and travellers who could not afford to pay for lodge accommodation, hence creating employment through tourism in the province.
Gen Kayumba said his executive had since embarked on a vigorous campaign to fundraise to improve the infrastructure such as the road network as well as build accommodation for both visitors and traditional leaders.