Mpezeni gives up on Lungu

Mpezeni gives up on Lungu

Paramount Chief Mpezeni of the Ngoni people in Chipata district has vowed not to visit State House again.

The traditional leader told journalists at his palace yesterday that he has attempted to meet the head of state for about four times, but that he has been denied access to meet him.

He says his intention of meeting the head of state is to explain challenges people are facing in his chiefdom.

The Paramount Chief says he will not visit State House again, adding that it is sad to note the bad perception authorities at State House have about traditional leaders.

He says traditional leaders do not go to State House to ask for money, but to explain what the people want in communities.

And the Paramount Chief says people in communities are currently experiencing economic hardships due to the poor policies in the agriculture sector.

He says farmers did not realize profit in last year’s farming season, because of poor policies, adding that some farmers, who sold their maize to FRA, the Food Reserve Agency, have not been paid.

He further says traditional leaders are the voice for the voiceless in society, stating that if chiefs are denied access to meet the head of state, development cannot be seen in communities.

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