Chieftainess Malembeka of the Bulima people of Masaiti District has urged President Banda to visiting at least one Chief each time he tours the.
Chieftainess Malembeka made the call when Mpongwe member of Parliament Gabriel Namulambe and Copperbelt Provincial minister Mwansa Mbulakulima paid a courtesy call on her as they toured development projects in the district.
She said she would appreciate President Banda’s consideration to visiting at any Copperbelt based chief whenever he was in the province so that he could hear for himself what chiefs wanted from central government for their subjects.
She said that her Chiefdom was ready to host the republican president at his convenience so that traditional leaders also felt cared for and appreciated for the role they were playing in national governance.
She added that she was surprised that vocal traditional leaders who were always in newspapers and on Radio critiquing government were quickly heard and their needs attended to as opposed to the quiet chiefs who wanted to confer with the president in confidence.
She said she wanted the president to choose one traditional ceremony or two from the province which he should be gracing with his presence as he was doing with other provinces in the nation.
She said there were several traditional ceremonies among the traditional leaders in the province but none has been graced by the physical presence of the republican president except other provinces with vocal traditional leaders.
She requested for a hearing with the head of State so that some of the problems that her subjects were going through could be resolved.
And in response Mpongwe member of parliament Gabriel Namulambe said he would deliver the message to the president as soon as he was in Lusaka so that the president could find time to come and confer with the traditional leaders in the province.