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Senior Chief Mburuma advocates tolerance as value for strengthening national unity


Senior Chief Mburuma of Luangwa District in Lusaka Province has called for tolerance at family level to enhance national unity.

The traditional leader had been disturbed by a recent incident in his Chiefdom where a family member strangled his fellow to death during a drinking spree.

Chief Mburuma said this when Socialist Party (SP) president, Fred M’membe, paid a courtesy call on him in Luangwa on Sunday.

“There is need to always remember that human beings, good or bad, are created in the image of God, hence the need to love one another,” he noted.

According to a statement issued in Lusaka on Monday, the traditional leader thanked M’membe for the courtesy call, adding that he was welcome to campaign for his Candidate in the May 2, 2024, by election.

Earlier M’membe said his party would restore traditional authority to it’s initial stages.

“Like you indicated, you used to rule properly before independence then colonial rulers grabbed some powers from you but left you with some power,” he said.

M’membe claimed politicians took away all the powers from chiefs immediately Zambia got independence in 1964.

“Socialist Party is saying that politicians by themselves cannot rule this country and liberate the people from the jaws of poverty. We do not want to just change the party in power but to change the way we govern. We want chiefs to get back to ruling the country as it used to be together with clergymen and women,” he said.

M’membe alleged that village headmen were currently not on payroll and had since lost respect because they had no powers.

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“Even the Ward Development Committees that are there now are just undermining traditional leadership. We want to get back to the roots. We want to rule together as politicians, traditional leaders, the clergy and other leaders. We can achieve a lot if we put our heads together,” he said.

“I am also from the traditional authority. I am the only Mwika Mukulu remaining. Dr. Kaunda was not from the traditional leadership, Dr. Chiluba was not, Mwanawasa, Rupiah Banda, even Sata,” he added.

On Thursday, May, 2, 2024, by-election polls will be held in Luangwa Ward in Chama District of Eastern Province, Munwa Ward in Chienge District of Luapula Province, Kaunga Ward in Luangwa District of Lusaka Province.

Others are Kaela Ward in Lupososhi District of Northern Province, Chikenge Ward in Kabompo District of North Western Province, Malala Ward in Chikankata District of Southern Province.

People of Luumbo Wards in Gwembe District of Southern Province and Ndanda Ward in Limulunga District of Western Province will go to the polls on the same day.

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