No politics at Kuomboka – BRE
By Staff Reporter
The Barotse Royal Establishment has charged that there is no room for politics during Kuomboka Ceremony.
Induna Sayiwa, Raphael Mabenga said the event was open to all and that no one should attend the ceremony in their capacity as politicians as the ceremony was non-partisan.
Mabenga said the ceremony would be extra-ordinary in that the guest of honour would be the traditional leader, Paramount Chief Kalonga Gawa Undi of the Chewa people of Zambia, Malawi and Mozambique.
“We have received a K50, 000 donation from Airtel Zambia ahead of the Kuomboka ceremony slated for April 28, we do not want to have another confusion during the ceremony witnessed during last year’s event. This is a traditional ceremony that allows everyone to enjoy and no political rhetoric would be entertained,” said Mabenga
“The BRE only invited the Guest of Honour and the rest are welcome, just like it had been done last year, where only president Edgar Lungu was invited as guest of honour and the rest just came on their own in their individual capacity,” he said
Mabenga has also commended Airtel for its continued support for traditional ceremonies in the country.
“It was through the same ceremonies that even the nation increased its revenue owing to the fact that people from all walks of life attended such events,” he said
And Airtel acting marketing director Estud Tonga said Airtel was committed to supporting traditional cultures which were a bedrock of every nation.
“We thanked the government for its effort to preserve the Zambian heritage through the traditional ceremonies in Zambia that had brought together all the people from all walks of life,” said Tonga
He said it was for this reason his company had also donated cultural books to showcase traditional ceremonies of Zambia.