SIX traditional leaders in Muchinga Province have endorsed the candidature of President Edgar Lungu ahead of August 11 elections, declaring that the Head of State is the right person to steer the country forward in the next five years.
They included Chief Chikwanda, Chief Luchembe, Chief Kabinga, Senior Chief Kopa and Chief Mpepo.
Speaking when they met the President at Mango Groove Lodge in Mpika, the traditional leaders said President Lungu was the best leader to continue with the governance of the country because he demonstrated quality leadership in the manner he was responding to matters of national development.
Speaking on behalf of other chiefs, Chief Luchembe said the traditional leaders would now start sensitizing voters on how to vote in their chiefdom.
“Our message to you is that we are endorsing your candidature and we are praying that you should be given another mandate to continue governing the country in the next five years. As we leave this place, we are simply going to continue sensitizing our subjects on how to vote. With confidence Mpika chiefs, and Muchinga Province in particular, we are strongly endorsing your candidature and we are going to rally behind you,’’ Chief Luchembe said.
He said President Lungu had responded well when the traditional leaders requested government to increase their subsidies.
And President Lungu urged the traditional leaders to champion peace and assure their subjects that Zambia was not going to degenerate into lawlessness under his leadership.
The Head of State informed the traditional leaders of Government’s decision to demarcate Mpika district into three districts to ensure development and social services were brought nearer to the people.
He urged the traditional leaders to cooperate with the technocrats in demarcating the boundaries and avoid land wrangles.
“I know boundary issues have been a thorny issue in most chiefdoms but I think you will cooperate very well here. So you will be able to do this process amicably because we have realized that former President Michael Sata had foresight to declare certain areas into districts as a quick vehicle of development. Shiwan’gndu is not what it is today and other areas in Western Province where we created new districts,” President Lungu said.
He said all the districts would come with district administration blocks, district hospitals and all the facilities that were needed in a district.
He also assured leaders that Government will ensure that it delivered its promise to build a secondary school in all the chiefdoms for children to access quality education.