African govts 'must integrate traditional authority leaders'

24 Jun 2013 06:30
KAPAKO, 24 JUN (NAMPA) - A Zambian traditional authority leader, Chief Mumena XI of the Kaoke people has called on African governments to integrate traditional authority leaders into mainstream development strategies.
Chief Mumena, who visited the Mbunza royal house situated some 20 kilometres west of Rundu on Thursday, said this should be done as traditional authority leaders are the ones who are in touch with people at grassroots level, and thus will have solutions to their daily problems.
The Zambian delegation comprised 10 chiefs from different Zambian provinces, and included the Permanent Secretary of Zambia?s Ministry of Chiefs and Traditional Affairs, Coillard Chibbonta.
Their visit was aimed at sharing experiences with traditional leaders in Namibia in different areas of common interest.
The Zambian traditional leader also spoke out against ?dependency syndrome? amongst Africans, saying the continent is mostly dependant on the western model of development, ?as if the continent has no model of its own?.
He then advised Namibian traditional leaders to encourage their subjects to continue studying.
?Education is the only way to transform the continent, as well as to find solutions to African problems,? he said.
The Kaoke leader told those in attendance the secret to African unity is culture, and urged people to preserve African culture.
The delegation, which left on Friday, also visited the Topnaar Traditional Authority in the Erongo Region and the Uukwambi Traditional Authority in the Oshana Region.