By Nation Reporter
THE Kusinta Rotary club of Lusaka has been urged to integrate tourism in its strategic plan and activities by pursuing its objectives passionately.
The call was made by tourism permanent secretary Stephen Mwansa who said sustainable tourism development was all about social and environmental sustainability, poverty alleviation, income generation, protection of natural habitat and promotion of community livelihoods.
Speaking during the inauguration of the new president of the club, Mr Mwansa implored the club through its newly elected president Bwalya Lombe Chileshe to consider casting wider the execution of the service before self-tradition to impact more individuals and subsequently more communities and make the land attractive and admirable.
In a speech read for him by director of tourism, Reuben Phiri, Mr Mwansa said to make the country an attractive destination to international visitors there was need to embrace a spirit of service in many different aspects.
He was delighted to learn of the next year’s theme; rotary serving humanity and also with the president’s vision of engaging more with Rotarians at district and club levels was in line with the ministry’s vision.
Mr Mwansa, who is a Rotarian, said Kusinta Rotary Club had done a lot to the community especially in Lusaka such as the sinking of boreholes in Luangwa district, building of Kapete community clinic in Chongwe district and the implementation of micro-credit project in Matero among others which were in line with objectives for the sustainable tourism development together with the promotion of arts and culture.
And president-elect of district 9210, Ms Lombe said she would engage more with Rotarians at district and club level alongside with businesses in Lusaka, for it to succeed.
She said the Rotary ‘serving humanity’ theme was very relevant especially to the disadvantaged communities in Lusaka and also the need to integrate into all works through service projects.
And immediate past president Bupe Chanda Lesa urged the new leader to emulate her by having a heart for the people and being objective, if she was to deliver.
Kusinta Rotary club was chartered in 1992 and was the first club in Zambia to induct female members as all clubs were exclusively male dominated.
The club had since embarked on different projects to alleviate poverty within the City of Lusaka and Chongwe districts.