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President Edgar Lungu says government recognizes the critical role that Paramount Chief Mpezeni and other traditional leaders play in the promotion of peace and stability in the country.

President Lungu says Chief Mpezeni has worked well with all the governments from 1982 when he ascended to the throne.

The President said this in a speech read on his behalf by Minister of Infrastructure and Housing Vincent Mwale during celebrations to mark Paramount Chief Mpezeni’s 38th Anniversary on the throne, at Ephendukeni palace in Chipata today.

And Paramount Chief Mpezeni, who spoke through Chief Madzimawe thanked government for building him a palace and for rendering support to the traditional leadership.

He urged Zambians to register as voters so that they take part in next year’s elections.

Meanwhile, Chipata Diocese Bishop George Lungu said the celebration was premised on thanking God for the 38 years that the Paramount Chief has been on the throne and to bless the palace as well as pray for peaceful elections.

Bishop Lungu, who is also the president of the Zambia Conference for Catholic Bishop, appealed to traditional leaders not to take political sides because doing so may confuse their subjects.

Earlier, Nc’wala Ceremony Organising Committee Chairman General Joshua Jere said the Paramount Chief has unified the Ngoni people during his rule.

All the Ngoni chiefs attended the event and other notable people that are present include Eastern Province deputy Permanent Secretary Josphat Lombe, Luangeni MP Charles Zulu, Former Home Affairs minister Lameck Mangani among others.

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