Zambian Traditional Chiefs here to learn from Namibia

17 Jun 2013 06:40
WINDHOEK, 17 JUN (NAMPA) - A delegation of 10 traditional chiefs from different provinces in Zambia and officials from that country?s Ministry of Chiefs and Traditional Affairs are here on an eight-day study visit.
The group is led by the Deputy Minister of Chiefs and Traditional Affairs? Taundi Chiseke, and they are here to share experiences and interact with the line ministry and traditional leaders in Namibia in various areas of common interest.
The Zambians indicated that they would like to study how the Government of Namibia is working with chiefs in terms of rural development, and how it also deals with challenges in a modern society.
During their visit from 16 to 23 June, the delegation will visit the Topnaar Traditional Authority in the Erongo Region, the Uukwambi Traditional Authority in the Oshana Region as well as the Mbunza Traditional Authority in the Kavango Region.
Speaking during a briefing meeting at the Ministry of Regional and Local Government, Housing and Rural Development (MRLGHRD) here on Monday, Chiseke said their ministry is still new, and they thus felt it necessary to interact with Namibia, who had carried on the affairs of chiefs for a longer period.
?So, we have actually come here to learn from you, and to also share our experiences with you. We look forward to visiting your chiefdoms and learn about the way chiefs interact with their subjects, be it at Government or local level,? she noted.
Chiseke said she excitedly looks forward to working with the Namibian delegation in the few days that they are going to be around.