CHIEF Mukobela of Namwala says the failure by the public media and civic leaders to attend certain traditional ceremonies in Southern Province has potential to promote divisions in the area. Speaking at the just ended Chungu Lwiindi ceremony of the people of Chikanta chiefdom, Mukobela observed that the trend was slowly threatening the peace the province has enjoyed.
“The failure by the public media and civic leaders to attend certain traditional ceremonies in Southern Province has potential to promote divisions in the area,” he said.
Mukobela said once public media and civic leaders start feeling insecure to attend certain ceremonies then it signified “fire of
divisions burning on the ground.”
He said with time such might consume everybody. Mukobela wondered why the public media could miss certain traditional
ceremonies when they played a key role in preserving culture for future generations. He said the media was a key stakeholder in traditional ceremonies because their role was not only to get news but also help market Zambian culture to the outside world.
The chief said traditional ceremonies were not supposed to be an opportunity for people to show their inner battles but should promote love and unity for it was the time to reflect on the past.
“We are getting concerned now with the continued absentia of key stakeholders in traditional ceremonies. Two weeks ago, at Chief
Cooma’s Lwiindi ceremony, civic leaders didn’t attend but public media was there and government was fully represented by the provincial minister Edify Hamukale but today here at Chikanta’s ceremony the area MP for Dundumwezi is around and there is no public media and no big government figure,” he complained.
“These things if we are not careful as a province they will divide us.”
Mukobela said the failure by key stakeholders like civic leaders and public media raised a lot of questions and promoted speculation.
He said traditional ceremonies must be taken as a platform to teach young ones about culture and need for unity in diversity.
And guest of honour, chief Mukuni said it was important to live in harmony with people.
“Those chiefdoms whose subjects don’t attend ceremonies shows that something is wrong,” said Mukuni.
Meanwhile, chief Chikanta said his chiefdom had high potential in agriculture. He bemoaned the poor road network in his chiefdom and hoped the government would respond positively as it did with mobile communication network by erecting six towers.
Dundumwezi parliamentarian Edgar Singombe appealed to government to pay farmers for the maize they sold to Food Reserve Agency (FRA).