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TRADITION and cultural heritage should be a unifying factor as many tribes in Zambia share a common origin, Chewa Heritage Foundation publicity secretary Reuben Kamanga has said.

Mr Kamanga said embracing tradition and cultural heritage should foster values of peace and unity amongst people.

He told the Daily Nation in an interview that tradition and cultural values were still relevant as they gave people an identity and provided lessons on how traditional societies were able to overcome adversity and prosper.

“I think there are a lot of positives that we can take away from our cultural values, embracing our tradition and culture will unite us as a people because we share a common ancestry which makes us one,” Mr. Kamanga said. He said it was for this reason that the Chewa Heritage Foundation was looking to scale- up its activities of promoting the Chewa culture.

“As you may be aware, the Chewa are one of the biggest tribes in Zambia, so we would like to contribute to promoting unity in diversity by igniting an appreciation of the rich traditions that exist in Zambia,” he said.

And Mr Kamanga said the foundation had organised a fundraising dinner dance to raise funds towards the hosting of this year’s Kulamba traditional ceremony which takes place at Mkaika in Katete District in August.

He has called on cooperate entities and well-wishers to come on board and support the promotion of tradition and culture by partnering with the foundation towards the hosting of the ceremony.

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