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By AARON CHIYANZO in Kasenengwa

PRESIDENT Edgar Lungu has called on traditional leaders in Zambia to champion the fight against tribalism, child marriages and gender based violence.

President Lungu expressed concern that the vices would destroy the country if left unchecked.

The President said this yesterday when he paid a courtesy call on chief Madzimawe at his palace in Kasenengwa district.

President Lungu warned that tribalism was dividing the nation and called on chiefs to champion the fight against the vice.

“We are calling on you our chiefs to champion the fight against tribalism. It is very important because if left unchecked, it might divide the nation. When I came here I told people are saying we should have picked a Ngoni candidate, some Chewa but is it important which tribe the candidate comes from?” he questioned.

And President Lungu implored chiefs to also champion the fight against child marriages and gender based violence.

Meanwhile, President Lungu commended the Eastern chiefs for successfully hosting of Kulamba ceremony which was officiated by the Litunga of the Lozi speaking people. The Head of State reiterated that the ceremony promoted unity. “I am delighted that you successfully hosted the Kulamba ceremony, it promoted unity and that is what we want to see,” he said.

comes to avoid the outbreak of diseases,” Mr Chityaka said.

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