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Monday, October 03, 2005

SADC Traditional Leaders Sample Safari

They came from Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) countries. They were the SADC council of traditional rulers from Botswana, Malawi and Swaziland. And Zambia hosted them. But Zambia safari provided them with cultural tourism.

Acting on behalf of the Zambian traditional leaders the executive director for Women for Change (WfC) Lumba Siyanga and Beatrice Phiri of the Open Society Initiative for Southern Africa (OSISA) invited them to Zambia. It was an exchange programme.

SADC council of traditional leaders chairperson is Nkosi Sango Patekile Holomisa from South Africa. He advised Zambians to demand for schools and health centers from presidential and parliamentary aspiring candidates. Next year (2006) Zambia will holding its general elections.

The royal highnesses visited women-led self-help community projects. They also paid a courtesy call on Senior Chief Nalubamba at Mbeza. Now this is Zambia’s traditional special. It’s here that Chief Nalubamba has parliament buildings and offices. His civic centre at Mbeza is an example of a traditional parliament where community development plans are discussed and monitored. Mbeza traditional parliament is in Namwala district in the Southern Province of Zambia

Just imagine this inventory…of names for the visiting chiefs. It was a singsong. For instance, from Botswana came Chief Boitumelo Ntwayamodimo, Chief Banika Rabbeca, Chieftainess Mosadi Sebboko. And Paramount Chief M’mbelwa of Ngoni from Malawi. Others even had longer names to fill your whole arm!

The SADC traditional leaders were treated to a royal welcome by the Illa men and women who performed warriors’ dances with spears and tree branches. They also watched a variety of traditional dances and singing!

Next year in 2006 the SADC council of traditional leaders will be launched. And His Royal Highness King Mswati III of Swaziland has offered to host the launch. What do the council of traditional leaders aim to achieve? The restoration of the dignity of the institution of traditional leaders in the SADC region.


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