Govt, traditional leaders meet in Lusaka to forge new pathways to development


Government is set to discuss various issues with traditional leaders at the fifth meeting of the sixth session of the House of Chiefs which opened Monday morning in Lusaka.

The meeting is expected to deliberate on several motions during its session slated for April 8 to 17, 2024.

Local Government and Rural Development Permanent Secretary, Technical Services, Maambo Haamaundu, said government was committed to fostering cordial relations with traditional leaders.

Haamaundu said this was in recognition of the important role they played in spearheading the implementation of developmental projects in chiefdoms.

“Stakeholders, among them, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) will engage the House on issues of integrated land resource governance,” he said in a statement.

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The Permanent Secretary noted that the House of Chiefs was an important advisory body on traditional, customary and other matters referred to it by the President.

Among the business to be conducted would be consideration of the Lands Act of 1995, which is under review, and the Customary Land Documentation.

The House also expects to deliberate on a motion urging the government to consider delimitation of some constituencies in some parts of the ountry.

Haamaundu expressed confidence that the House would continue to help in resolving various customary, traditional and developmental issues affecting the rural populace in chiefdoms and the Country at large.

The House of Chiefs comprises of a 50-member body and the current Chairperson is Chief Chisunka of Mansa District, and his Vice is Chief Choongo of Monze District.

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