Government has congratulated Paramount Chief Chitimukulu of the Bemba speaking people for clocking 33 years in his marriage this year.
Northern Province Minister, John Chinyanta, said government was proud of the Paramount Chief’s record in marriage.
Mr Chinyanta was speaking during the marriage blessing for Paramount Chief Chitimukulu and his wife, Ruth, at Malole Catholic Church in Mungwi over the weekend.
He said the Paramount Chief and his wife have demonstrated to the nation that love and faithfulness were vital to a successful and long-lasting marriage.
Mr Chinyanta noted that Paramount Chief Chitimukulu has set a very good example, not only to his fellow leaders, but also to other people in seeking God’s presence in his marriage.
The Minister wished the traditional ruler much more success in his marriage.
Mr Chinyanta further commended the Catholic Church for blessing Paramount Chief Chitimukulu’s marriage in Church.
And speaking at the same occasion, Apostolic Administrator for the Archdiocese of Kasama, Fr Ignatius Mwebe, praised Paramount Chief Chitimukulu for taking a bold step to have his marriage blessed in church.
Fr Mwebe, who blessed the Paramount Chief’s marriage, emphasised that marriage is a sacred union in the eyes of God, hence it must be honoured and respected by everyone.
He urged married couples to be faithful to their partners at all times in order to receive God’s abundant blessings in their marriages.
Earlier, church-goers at Malole Parish burst into frenzy as Paramount Chief Chitimukulu dressed in a white Nigeria-regalia with his wife clad in a pink wedding dress walked majestically to their seats during the couple’s marriage reunion in church.
Among those who witnessed Paramount Chief Chitimukulu’s marriage blessing were senior Chief Mwamba, Chieftainess Chandamukulu, Provincial Permanent Secretary, Mwalimu Simfukwe, Kasama District Commissioner, Lt Col Steven Chanda and provincial service chiefs.
Others were Chitimukulu’s family members, his subjects and some government officials.