Senior Chief Mwata Kazembe of the Lunda people in Luapula Province has called for optimum actualization of the potential in the Northern part of Zambia to spur economic development.
Mwata Kazembe said the abundance of natural resources, coupled with rich cultural and historical heritage in the Northern circuit, could help push the region and the country at large to greater heights.
“We have everything it takes to propel this region and the country at large to greater heights through the development of tourist sites and our historical heritage,” said Mwata Kazembe
He has since challenged the leadership in Luapula, Northern and Muchinga provinces to work together towards the development of the Northern tourism circuit.
Chief Mwata Kazembe said this when Northern Province Permanent Secretary Royd Chakaba paid a courtesy call on him at his palace in Mwansabombwe today.
He also called for effective and timely implementation of government programmes aimed at enhancing socio-economic development.
“It should not only be good plans but also effective implementation of the development projects so we actualize the potential we have in the Northern Circuit,” he said
And Mr. Chakaba said the Northern province administration will continue to rely on the wise counsel of traditional leaders in managing its development affairs.
He said his office is also engaging Luapula and Muchinga provinces to come up with the best way to develop the Northern circuit.
The Permanent Secretary said actualizing this vision calls for close collaboration among the three provinces.
“For us to be able to achieve our vision, we need to work in collaboration and market our Northern circuit globally to attract the much needed development,” Mr. Chakaba said
Mr. Chakaba added that Northern province has started positioning itself for the Mwenda-Kasomeno road project which will come with huge economic benefits.
“Road connectivity is very paramount in realizing the economic trade, this is why the Mwenda-Kasomeno road is significant. We also hope to ensure that the Mpulungu road is in good shape because that is a gateway to the Great Lakes region,” he said.
Mr. Chakaba, who is accompanied by Northern Province Planning Assistant Director Chabu Mundubwe, is in Luapula province for Easter Waterfalls social run and cycling events at the invitation of the provincial administration.