ZANIS-Paramount Chief CHITIMUKULU of the Bemba people says the proposed increment in the Constituency Development Fund -CDF- in next year’s budget has potential to accelerate rural development.
Chief CHITIMUKULU says increasing the allocation is a commendable move which calls for viable ideas that will enhance socio-economic development at grassroots level.
He says the involvement of traditional leaders in the implementation of projects under the fund is a welcome pronouncement.
The MWINELUBEMBA said this when newly appointed Northern Province Permanent Secretary BERNARD MPUNDU paid a courtesy call on him at his palace.
And Chief CHITIMUKULU has reiterated that the Bemba Royal Establishment will work with President HAKAINDE HICHILEMA’s administration to foster development.
He said the traditional leadership remains non-partisan but has a duty to work with the government of the day.
The MWINELUBEMBA further called on the government to ensure on-going key socio-economic projects are completed.
And Mr. MPUNDU said government recognizes traditional leaders as key partners in the governance system and will continue to consult them on various matters.
He added that government will not interfere in chiefs’ succession matters as it is the preserve of traditional systems.
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