Don’t shun cer­e­monies, NAREP pleads with Lungu

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By MUKOSELA KASALWE NAREP has pleaded with Pres­i­dent Edgar Lungu to re­scind his de­ci­sion to boy­cott tra­di­tional cer­e­monies as they are a unit­ing fac­tor.

Cen­tral Prov­ince chair­per­son Bel­ing­ton Mu­lenga said Pres­i­dent Lungu should re­scind his de­ci­sion to stop at­tend­ing tra­di­tional cer­e­monies due to ac­cu­sa­tions of seg­re­ga­tion and pol­i­tick­ing.

Mr Mu­lenga said Pres­i­dent Lungu had made a pas­sion­ate ap­peal some time back in Luapula Prov­ince for tra­di­tional lead­ers to come up with a proper time ta­ble that would give room to other tra­di­tional cer­e­monies to take place as op­posed to the cur­rent sit­u­a­tion were al­most all tra­di­tional events were tak­ing place on the same date or month.

In an in­ter­view at the week­end, Mr Mu­lenga said tra­di­tional cer­e­monies were a source of peace and unity and that there was need for di­a­logue if there were any dif­fer­ences be­tween some chiefs and the gov­ern­ment.

“As NAREP in Cen­tral Prov­ince, we plead with Pres­i­dent Edgar Lungu to re­scind his de­ci­sion to stop at­tend­ing tra­di­tional cer­e­monies in the coun­try due to ac­cu­sa­tions of seg­re­ga­tion and politi­cis­ing tra­di­tional events,” Mr Mu­lenga said.

He said it did not au­gur well that some­times even af­ter in­vi­ta­tion, no gov­ern­ment rep­re­sen­ta­tive would at­tend a tra­di­tional cer­e­mony like was the case last month at the Ichib­wela Mushi of the Lala speak­ing peo­ple of Cen­tral Prov­ince.

Mr Mu­lenga said although the de­ci­sion by the Head of State would be well-mean­ing it would be mis­un­der­stood or mis­quoted by some sec­tions of the so­ci­ety and that it was not too late to di­a­logue and come up with a mech­a­nism for the gov­ern­ment and tra­di­tional lead­ers to move on the same page which would build and de­velop Zam­bia.

Pres­i­dent Lungu

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