RB arrives; expected in Chienge

RBPresident Rupiah Banda is expected to arrive in Lusaka today from Uganda.

And president Banda has been invited to travel to Chienge to grace this year’ Ubwiile traditional ceremony.

President Banda was expected to arrive inLusaka mid morning from the 19th Global Smart Partnership Dialogue  which ended today.

The dialogue ended with a positive spirit of partnership and renewed commitment to moving forward to achieve national visions.

Heads of government and smart partners who participated in the dialogue, acknowledged that the event had not only resulted in beneficial exchanges but also served as a useful guidance for all to strike win-win solutions in promoting development and to further facilitate inter-regional trade and investment.

The dialogue also has become a useful platform for sharing practical experiences from both public and private sectors on isssues relating to development and regional cooperation.

The Chiengi invitation is from Senior Chief Puta of the Bwile people of Chiengi district in Luapula province.

The traditional ceremony takes place  on August 8, 2009. 

Senior Chief Puta made the invitation through Luapula Province Minister, Boniface Kawimbe, on Sunday when he visited his palace to check on preparatory works for the ceremony.

The senior chief noted that traditional ceremonies were of great importance to the economic drive of the nation because they promoted domestic tourism which brought local people together. 

The traditional leader said that his people appreciated the support that government rendered to ceremonies in ensuring that they were a success.

He further said that the Bwile people were also thankful for the support that the private sector has been giving to the ceremony, adding that the local people were working hard to ensure that the ceremony was a success.

He added that the ceremony would be held at a total budget of K150 million, but pointed out that local people had so far contributed about K45 million in terms of material and labour.

He said the private sector that have been requested to assist in the preparations of the Ubwilile ceremony had not yet responded, but hoped that they would assist the people of Chiengi to make the ceremony a success.

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