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By AN­NIE ZULU CHIEF Chipepo of the Tonga peo­ple of South­ern Prov­ince has called on Zam­bians to use cul­tural di­ver­sity to­wards the de­vel­op­ment of the coun­try.

Chief Chipepo noted that Zam­bians could take ad­van­tage of hav­ing var­i­ous tribes to de­velop and pro­mote unity in the coun­try in­stead of caus­ing tribal di­vi­sions.

He told the Daily Na­tion in an in­ter­view that co-ex­is­tence among peo­ple of var­i­ous tribes, could help Zam­bians learn from each other’s cul­tures and tra­di­tions, some of which he said were good for na­tional de­vel­op­ment.

“Zam­bia is one lucky coun­try; our cul­ture is so rich to an ex­tent of con­tribut­ing to­ward the de­vel­op­ment of the coun­try. Let us learn from one an­other and use this cul­tural di­ver­sity to boost de­vel­op­ment in the coun­try,” Chief Chipepo said.

The tra­di­tional leader also re­called that dur­ing the strug­gle for in­de­pen­dence, Zam­bia’s fore­fa­thers took ad­van­tage of the vary­ing cul­tures to pro­mote unity among ci­ti­zens.

He chal­lenged Zam­bians to en­sure that they pro­mote peace and unity and show love to­wards one an­other re­gard­less of tribal dif­fer­ences.

Chief Chipepo said it was im­por­tant that Zam­bians con­tin­ued work­ing to­gether and pro­mot­ing the One Zam­bia, One Na­tion motto.

“It high time the Zam­bian peo­ple stood up and de­nounced is­sues of tribal dif­fer­ences, Zam­bia is one and its peo­ple are one. Let us all show love and kind­ness to­wards one an­other, we are all one peo­ple. What tribe or re­gion one comes from does not mat­ter at all, what mat­ters the most is that we are all Zam­bians,” Chief Chipepo said.

Chief Chipepo

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