Some Chiefs in Southern Province have encouraged the church to come out in numbers and apply for the COVID-19 Presidential empowerment scheme before the deadline set for tomorrow.
Chief COOMA of the Tonga people of Choma district says the Church like any other sector has been hit by the effects of COVID-19 pandemic hence his call.
The traditional leader says the church should not pay attention to discouragements from some sections of society but access the empowerment fund which they are entitled to as Zambians.
And Chief COOMA has described the infrastructure development delivered by the PF government as unprecedented.
Meanwhile, Chief CHIKANTA of Kalomo district says the empowerment projects by government have transformed many lives in his Chiefdom and has encouraged the government to continue.
And Chieftaines MWENDA of Chikankata has pledged to work with government in delivering social and economic development to all.
The Chiefs said this when National Guidance and Religious Affairs Minister GODFRIDAH SUMAILI paid a courtesy call on them in Choma district before addressing the clergy on the Presidential empowerment scheme.
And Reverend SUMAILI thanked the traditional leaders for their support and counsel to the government.