This afternoon, we attended the Bene Mukuni traditional ceremony in Livingstone.
This is part of our partnership building agenda of involving traditional leaders in the development of our country. We hold our traditional leaders in high esteem because other than being partners in development, they are also the custodians of our values and culture.
We also appeal to all the traditional leaders to work together to ensure peace and stability in the country. Their job as elders cannot be over emphasized. We are of the view that whenever the country is undergoing difficult times, it is important that traditional leaders unite to foster unity and not take partisan lines.
We reaffirm our commitment to working with the traditional leaders across the country while preaching peace and inclusive national development.
And our call to our fellow politicians is that let us respect traditional leaders and work with them amicably in the interests of the country.
We would like to thank Senior Chief Mukuni of the Toka Leya people for this invitation. We also call on our fellow citizens to preserve our culture by attending such ceremonies to fully appreciate the value of our practices.
We were accompanied to the ceremony by the MMD Leader, Dr Nevers Mumba, People’s Party Leader, Mr Mike Mulongoti, Alliance for Democracy and Development, Mr Charles Milupi, our party Vice President, Dr Geoffrey Bwalya Mwamba, party Secretary General, Stephen Katuka, Former First Lady Dr Maureen Mwanawasa and several other senior party officials and senior citizens.
God bless our country.
And God bless you all.