21 Jun 2013 08:10
UUKWANGULA, 21 JUN (NAMPA) - A delegation of about 10 traditional chiefs and officials from Zambia?s Ministry of Chiefs and Traditional Affairs visited the Oukwambi Traditional Authority in northern Namibia on Thursday.
The Zambian delegation is headed by that country?s Deputy Minister of Chiefs and Traditional Affairs, Susan Kawandami, who revealed during the meeting with Chief Herman Iipumbu and his senior traditional councillors at Uukwangula on Thursday that their visit was about interaction.
Kawandami noted that it is necessary for Zambia and Namibia, as sister countries, to interact and share experiences on traditional dealings.
?Hence our visit here today for us to interact and share experiences and challenges facing our two countries? chiefdoms,? she stated.
She told the audience that Zambia has 288 traditional chiefs, four of which are paramount chiefs, 43 are senior chiefs and 241 ordinary chiefs administering traditional affairs over a population of about 13 million in the country.
Kawandami pointed out that the Zambian government, under its fifth President Michael Sata, created the Ministry of Chiefs and Traditional Affairs on 20 September 2011 after it was realised that traditional chiefs ?are closer to the people and are always there for a long time?.
?Chiefs are there always. They are not like political parties which come and go,? she noted.
She went on to say Zambia has a 30-member Council of Chiefs, where each of the country?s 10 provinces is represented by three traditional leaders.
Welcoming the Zambian delegation, Iipumbu said he valued their visit. According to Iipumbu, the visit by the Zambian delegation is consolidating the good relations which exist between the Namibians and Zambians from the years of Namibia?s liberation struggle.
?We regard Zambia as a sister country, and Namibia and Zambia are one,? Iipumbu said.
The Zambian delegation also visited the Uukwambi palace at Onamega village where it was introduced to various customs of the Uukwambi Traditional Authority.