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GOVERNMENT should quicken the pace of constructing chiefs’ palaces in Mkushi district, Chief Chitina of the Swaka people in the area has said.

Chief Chitina expressed concern that government had allegedly delayed to build chiefs’ palaces in the area.

Chief Chitina was speaking when Minister of Labour and Social Security Joyce Simukoko, accompanied by Central Province Permanent Secretary Benard Chomba and Labour Commissioner Chanda Kaziya, paid courtesy call on him at the palace.

Chief Chitina said since government made the pledge to palaces, nothing had happened and time was running out without seeing any change at the palaces.

“We still have the drawings of the house and plan of the palace. But years are passing without seeing progress and that is our concern,” Chief Chitina said, adding that no single palace of the chiefs in the area was under construction.

He appealed to government through Ms Simukoko to start the construction of the chiefs’ palaces in the district.

Chief Chitina also hailed President Lungu’s leadership to allow ministers to interact with chiefs.

He said he was happy and appreciated Ms Simukoko’s visit being the first Minister of Labour and social security to visit his palace.

And Chief Chitina bemoaned the deplorable state of Nkumbi- Musofu road and appealed to government to work on it to ease the transportation of fertilisers and farm produce to the market.

In response, Ms Simukoko said she understood the chief’s grievances and that government would look into them.

She also said government appreciated the important roles chiefs played in society.

And Mkushi District Commissioner Luka Mwamba disclosed that government had approved more than  K400,000 for electrification of Chief Chitina’s palace.

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