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THE Ministry of Chiefs and Traditional Affairs (MOCTA) was created in September, 2011 by the late 5th Republican President, His Excellence, Mr. Micheal Chilufya Sata, after recognizing the important role that chiefs play in matters of national development.

The Government Gazzette Notice No. 836 of 2016 on Statutory Functions and Composition of Government Portfolios assigns MoCTA with the responsibility to formulate policy and implement programmes on Administration of Chiefs’ Affairs, Folklore and Preservation of Oral Traditions, Indigenous Knowledge, Promotion of Traditional Crafts, Registration of Villages, Research in Culture, and Traditional ceremonies.


The functions of the Ministry are executed through Five (5) Departments which are:

  1. Human Resource and Administration;
  2. Chiefs and Traditional Affairs;
  3. House of chiefs;
  4. Planning, Research and Information; and

The operations of the Ministry are guided by the following Statutes:

  1. Chiefs Act, Cap 287 of 1965;
  2. Registration and Development of Villages Act, Cap 289 of the Laws of Zambia (though the Ministry is in the process of repealing the two Acts and replace them with the Chieftaincy and Traditional Leadership Bill);
  3. Witchcraft Act, Cap 90 of 1947 of the Laws of Zambia; and
  4. The House of Chiefs Regulations No. 41 of 1998.



A smart and value-centred Ministry of Chiefs and Traditional Affairs

Core Values

Integrity, Excellence, Objectivity, Accountability, and Confidentiality


To promote preservation of cultural heritage and harmony in chiefdoms for enhanced development

Strategic Themes

Service Excellence, Cultural Heritage and Chiefdom Governance.