Chief Chamuka of the Lenje people of Chisamba District in Central Province has appealed to government to help him complete the construction of his palace.
Speaking when President Edgar Lungu’s Special Assistant for Projects Implementation and Monitoring, Andrew Chellah, called on him, the traditional leader said he started constructing the palace with the help of his subjects using the self-help model.
The chief, however, said he is aware of the economic challenges that the country is passing through but he wants government to come to his aid and help him complete the remaining works.
He said the current economic challenges could not be blamed on the head of state and that it will be a disservice to the government for people to pretend that they are not aware of the current situation.
And Chief Chamuka has thanked President Edgar Lungu for the early distribution of farming inputs for the 2020/2021 farming season.
The traditional leader has described the early distribution of farming inputs as unprecedented and a mark of good leadership.
Meanwhile, Special Assistant to President Edgar Lungu for Projects Implementation and Monitoring, Andrew Chellah, has assured the chief that government will marshal some funds for the completion of the palace project.
Mr Chellah said the appeal by the traditional leader will not fall on deaf ears and will certainly be attended to through the relevant authorities.
The presidential aide, who described the Chamuka palace project as a pleasant surprise, noted that the self-help model the chief has used is complimenting government’s effort of building palaces for chiefs to give them decent accommodation.