THE Ministry of Chiefs and Traditional Affairs has launched the National Policy on Chieftaincy and Traditional Affairs alongside the 2018 to 2021 Strategy and Balanced Scorecard implementation plan; and the Service Delivery Charter.
The Chieftaincy and Traditional Affairs Policy is aimed at providing direction to the entire country on the management of the institution of chieftaincy and chiefdoms in Zambia. The Policy further seeks to operationalise the 2018 to 2021 Strategy as well as enhancing the Ministry’s commitment to its clients for efficient and effective service delivery.
Speaking at the launch ceremony held on June, 9, 2020, Minister of Chiefs and Traditional Affairs, Honourable Lawrence Sichalwe, MP, said the absence of a policy has resulted in inconsistencies in the administration and implementation of programmes relating to chieftaincy and traditional affairs.
The implementation of the policy will require that the following objectives are followed:
- Promotion of local community participation in matters of development;
- Ensuring accountable, efficient and transparent management systems and structures at chiefdom level;
- Promotion of harmony, unity and stability in chiefdoms;
- Strengthening the participation of the institution of chieftaincy in national development;
- Promotion of entrepreneurial activities in chiefdoms for sustainable development;
- Promoting and strengthening the institution of chieftaincy;
- Promoting the participation of traditional leaders in management, control and sharing of natural and other resources in chiefdoms;
- Promotion and facilitation of documentation and research in chiefdoms;
- Eradication of child marriages in chiefdoms; and
- Administration and management of chiefs’ subsidies.
The above stated objectives have a number of measures and strategies that would be carried out in order to effectively implement the Chieftaincy Policy.
On the other hand, the 2018 to 2021 strategy and Balance Scorecard Implementation Plan is aimed at focusing the Ministry on its strategic objectives of improving chiefdom governance, enhancing human capital and promoting the preservation of customs and traditions.
Meanwhile, as a tool for enhancing smoother interface between the Ministry and its clientele, the Service Delivery Charter spells out the services the Ministry offers and the standards they are expected to receive in line with the 2018 to 2021 strategy and balanced scorecard and further highlights the Ministry’s values that guide the delivery of services.
And speaking at the same event, the Permanent Secretary, Ms. Yande Mwape, said that the National Policy outlines the various challenges the institution of chieftaincy and their chiefdoms have been facing while providing possible solutions for some of the identified challenges.
Ms. Yande noted that the effective implementation of the policy objectives will result in the improved standards of living especially in rural areas.
Meanwhile, the Chairperson for the House of Chiefs, Chief Kaputa, applauded the Ministry for coming up with a Policy on Chieftaincy and Traditional Affairs adding that for the first time chiefs will be able to know where they were going.
He added that the policy had addressed a number of issues that affected traditional leaders and their chiefdoms.