Chiefs in Eastern Province submit eight recommendations, which they want government to act upon.

Chiefs in Eastern Province have submitted eight recommendations, which they want government to act upon.

Among the recommendations, the traditional leaders have asked government to consider reviving the orientation programme for newly recognized chiefs as well as the old ones to enhance effective and efficient performance of their functions.

In a resolution passed yesterday at a two days meeting held in Chipata and signed by House of Chiefs Chairperson, Chief Madzimawe, the traditional leaders said the training should include entrepreneurship or business skills.

The traditional leaders further asked the Government to review the Land Act of 1995 so that the role of the traditional leaders in the alienation of the land is properly recognized.

The traditional leaders also appealed to the government to consider extending medical assistance to their spouses.

They also asked the government to remove the provision of acting chief because it has the potential of worsening the problem of succession wrangles.

Meanwhile, Chiefs and Traditional Affairs Minister, Nkandu Luo implored chiefs to work with the current government in order to foster developmental projects in the country.

Professor Luo however, expressed sadness that some chiefdoms were experiencing wrangles including boundary disputes, saying the trend is retrogressive to the nation.

She stated that the boundary disputes were mainly as a result of the 1958 and 1938 maps.

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