President Banda meets Copperbelt chiefs

President Rupiah Banda on Saturday held a closed-door meeting with 13 traditional leaders from Copperbelt Province at State House where they discussed a number of issues pertaining to development in their area.

According to State house spokesperson Dickson Jere, the President met the traditional leaders following their request to meet the Head of State to discuss issues of development. The meeting discussed among other issues, the road network in Copperbelt, especially in rural areas, rural electrification programme, construction of schools and mining activities.

Jere said President Banda thanked the traditional leaders for the initiative to discuss various developmental issues with him.
He said the spirit of dialogue between Government and traditional leaders should be encouraged in order to foster development in the country.

And the traditional leaders promised to continue supporting the Government of President Banda, according to Jere.
The 13 traditional leaders who attended the meeting include, Chieftainess Lesa, Malembeka, and Shimukunani. Others are, Chief Nkana, Shibuchinga, Mukutuma, Nkambo, Lupuma, Kalunkumya, Fungulwe, Machiya and Ndubeni.

President Banda was accompanied to the meeting by Local Government and Housing Minister Kazonga, Permanent Secretary Timothy Hakuyu and some Government Officials from the House of Chiefs.

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