Luapula Province Minister Honourable Njavwa Simutowe says traditional leaders remain an important stakeholder in governments quest to achieve increased productivity and stability in social and economic development.

He says government is working hand in hand with traditional leaders as they are key in championing the development agenda in the country.

Speaking during the the familiarization tour of Their Royal Highnesses and the inspection of some projects being implemented in Kawambwa district, Mr. Simutowe said the various projects under implementation was a clear demonstration of governments commitment to improving the lives of the people.

The Minister stated that government remained committed to ensuring that development was taken to all parts of the country without leaving anyone behind.

The Mbala lawmaker who was accompanied by Luapula Province Deputy Permanent Secretary emphasized on the need for unity and hardwork among stakeholders if meaningful development was to be achieved.

Mr. Simutowe expressed satisfaction on the quality of projects that were being implemented in the district, further stating that there was need for quality to be prioritized on the projects so that they could stand the taste of time.

And Senior Chief Mushota of the Chishinga people of Pambashe emphasized on the need for all Zambians to embrace unity and focus on fostering development.

The Chief stated that there was need for all well meaning Zambians to embrace peace and refrain from entertaining anything that would be used to divide the nation.

Senior Chief Mushota further revealed that Kawambwa was endowed with natural resources among them water bodies hence the need for government to utilize them and construct hydro power stations that would help curb the power challenges that the nation had been facing..

He commended government for the many projects that were being implemented in his Chiefdom through CDF, further urging his subjects to take advantage of the developmental programmes and empowerments that government was implementing and improve their livelihoods.

Meanwhile, Chief Munkanta appealed to government for the quick completion the district hospital that was under construction..

He said the population had increased in the district hence the need for works to be expedited so that people could access health care services at the hospital.

The Chief further commended government over the CDF projects that were being implemented in the district.

He said the projects were visible as it could been seen by the number of projects that government was implementing in the district.

The provincial Minister and his entourage paid courtesy calls on Senior Chief Mushota, Chief Munkanta and inspected some of the ongoing and finished projects in Kawambwa Central Constituency.

This is contained in a statement issued by kawambwa council public relations officer Kashi Joel Norman.