President Edgar Lungu has sent a message of condolence to the people of Mongu and Limulunga districts on the death of Chief Kandala of the Mbunda people in Mongu, Western province. President Lungu said this in a speech read on his behalf by Western province Minister Richard Kapita during the burial of late Chief Kandala at Yuka palace today.
The Head of State said traditional leaders are key in national development as they foster peace and harmony among the people in their various chiefdoms. President Lungu has, however, called on the Mbunda people, through the Barotse Royal Establishment, to avoid disputes as they identify the next heir to the throne.
He said traditional succession wrangles impact negatively on the socio- economic development of the country adding that disputes have led to divisions of family members and subjects threatening peace and harmony in chiefdoms. President Lungu said all relevant chiefdom institutions in Western province should exercise succession wisdom in the selection of late Chief Kandala’s successor who would run the Yuka palace diligently.
Meanwhile, House of Chiefs Chairperson Senior Chief Kaputa said the late Chief Kandala was instrumental in running the affairs of the House and as a member of the standing committee he represented his fellow chiefs of Western province.
Senior Chief Kaputa who was accompanied by Chieftaincy Muweza of Itezhi- Tezhi district said late Chief Kandala worked with the government of the day in ensuring that developmental projects reached the grassroots in his chiefdom.
He said the House of Chiefs mourns with the people and subjects of Yuka palace and called on all the traditionalists in the region to follow the laid down procedures for the next successor. Senior Chief Kaputa said the House of Chiefs is overwhelmed by the traditional wrangles resulting in derailing the House’s developmental programmes.
And the Barotse Royal Establishment -BRE- Representative Induna Kalonga thanked government for taking a center stage in running the funeral procession of late Chief Kandala.
Induna Kalonga said during the 19 year reign of late Chief Kandala, the chiefdom witnessed various developmental projects among them drilling of boreholes to provide clean and safe drinking water to the people in the chiefdom and offering land to many developers in the district. Late Chief Kandala died in the University Teaching Hospital after an illness.
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