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The Department of Chiefs and Traditional Affairs is responsible for effective coordination and implementation of policies, plans, programmes and projects relating to Chiefs and Traditional Affairs which include:

  • Implementing policy and legislation relating to Chiefs Affairs;
  • Developing programmes for capacity building for conflict resolutions;
  • Developing and implementing procedures and guidelines on resolution of Chieftaincy, succession and boundary disputes, and ;
  • Developing and implementing a system for documenting tradition in the country.

To effectively carry out these functions, the Department has two sections: Chiefs Affairs and the Traditional Affairs Sections.

Chiefs Affairs Section

This Section is responsible for effective coordination and implementation of policies, plans, programmes and projects relating to Chiefs Affairs.

The Chiefs Affairs Section performs the following functions among others:

  • Implementing policies and legislation relating to chieftaincy and traditional affairs;
  • Facilitating interpretation of the 1958 Chiefdom Boundary Maps;
  • Developing and implementing programmes for Chiefs welfare;
  • Developing a system for maintaining the Chiefs and Village Registers;
  • Implementing procedures for registration of Villages;

Traditional Affairs Section

The Section is responsible for effective coordination and implementation of policies, plans, programmes and projects relating to Traditional Affairs. It performs the following functions among others:

  • Overseeing the review of policy and legislation relating to traditional affairs;
  • Developing and implementing a system for documenting traditions in the country;
  • Interface with traditional establishments with regard to hosting traditional ceremonies;
  • Developing and implementing a system of ensuring Government representation at traditional ceremonies;

Provincial Offices

Responsibilities include: Initiating, formulating and ensuring the efficient and effective coordination and implementation of policies, plans, programmes and projects for the sector in the province.

District Offices

Responsibilities include: Ensuring the efficient and effective coordination and implementation of policies, plans, programmes and projects for the sector in the districts.

Number of Chiefs

The country has 288 Chiefs categorized as follows:

  • Paramount Chiefs 4
  • Senior Chiefs 43
  • Chiefs 241

Allocation of Retainers to Chiefs

The Paramount Chiefs are entitled to Four (04) Retainers, Senior Chiefs are entitled to Three (03) Retainers; and Chiefs are entitled Two (02) Retainers each. This makes a total of 625 Chiefs Retainers countrywide.

Traditional Ceremonies

There are more than 96 traditional ceremonies recognized by Government. Government provides financial and technical support towards the hosting of traditional ceremonies in the country. The ceremonies are held at different times annually in various parts of Zambia. The ceremonies are not only a source of cultural interaction, but ethno-tourism products.