Zambia Railways Limited (ZRL)has reiterated its commitment in preserving the rich cultural heritage of the country by rendering financial and material support to traditional ceremonies.
ZRL Acting Director Human Resources, Mr. Reuben Lungu said the company has a proactive Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) policy which enables it to participate fully in the social and community activities.
“We are happy as Zambia Railways to be part of this colourful event and we shall continue rendering support to traditional ceremonies as a way of preserving our culture and history.”He said. Mr. Lungu said this after presenting gifts to Her Royal Highness Chieftainess Serenje at the Ichibwelamushi Traditional Ceremony of the Lala and Swaka people of Chitambo, Mkushi, Luano, Kapiri Mposhi and Serenje districts which took place on 8th October, 2016 at Chalata Arena.
Officiating at the ceremony, Central Province Minister Sydney Mushanga said government is committed to ensuring that the country’s rich traditions are preserved.Mr. Mushanga further said that traditions help in shaping society with good morals and the importance cannot be overemphasized.
The Minister toured the stands where traditional foods where displayed showing the locally prepared beer known as ‘katata’ and ‘katubi’ as well as locally grown crops.
The ceremony was characterized by entertainment from various traditional dance groups and there was a performance depicting the way of life in the village much to the satisfaction of the audience.
The Ichibwelamushi Traditional Ceremony is an annual event which is held in the Central Province of Zambia.
Zambia Railways Limited has pledged continued financial and material support to traditional ceremonies in the country.
Zambia Railways Limited Director Finance Ms Chungu Sikazwe said the company attaches great importance to Corporate Social Responsibility programmes such as traditional ceremonies.
We have a responsibility as an institution to plough back in the communities where we are operating by providing financial and material support to CSR activities” Ms Sikazwe said.
Ms Sikazwe said this after presenting gifts to His Royal Highness Senior Chief Mukuni Ng’ombe at the Kulamba Kubwalo traditional ceremony of the Lenje speaking people of Chibombo district which was held on 15th October, 2016 at the Likonde Lyaba Nkanga Shrine.
Speaking at the ceremony, the Republican President, Mr Edgar Chagwa Lungu, said government believes that traditional leaders are powerful partners in enhancing national development and unity in the country.
President Lungu said this in a speech read on his behalf by Central Province Minister Hon. Sydney Mushanga who graced the ceremony.
He further said government remains firmly committed to the development, promotion and preservation of the dignity of our traditional heritage.
Meanwhile Senior Chief Mukuni Ng’ombe congratulated His Excellency Mr Edgar Chagwa Lungu on his re-election as sixth President of the Republic of Zambia.
The Senior Chief wished the Republican President good health, wisdom and God’s guidance as he steers development in the country.
Senior Chief Mukuni Ng’ombe said this in a speech read on his behalf by Senior Chief Chamuka of Chisamba.
Kulamba Kubwalo is a traditional ceremony where all Lenje Chiefs of Central Province and their subjects come together to celebrate between September and October to thank their God and pay homage to their Senior Mukuni Ng’ombe for the good harvest and protection and to seek good guidance for the next years to come.
This traditional Ceremony is a celebration of a good harvest of millet, cassava, sweet potatoes and maize.