— Paramount Chief Chitimukulu of the Bemba speaking people has hailed First Lady, Esther Lungu, for taking keen interest in issues affecting women and children in the country.
Paramount Chief Chitimukulu said this when Mrs Lungu paid a courtesy call on him at his palace in Mungwi yesterday.
The traditional leader also praised Mrs Lungu for embarking on a tour of Northern Province to conduct various charity works.
Paramount Chief Chitimukulu has since appealed to the First Lady to support Chikuku Orphanage Centre in Kasama which looks after children born from mentally retarded mothers.
He has since wished Mrs Lungu God’s blessings during her tour of the region.
And Mrs Lungu, who arrived to a thunderous welcome at Chitimukulu palace, thanked the Mwinelubemba for sparing time to meet her and her entourage.
She informed the traditional leader that President Edgar Lungu is extremely humbled for the support from the Bemba land during the January 20, 2015 Presidential election.
The First Lady was accompanied to Paramount Chief Chitimukulu by former First Lady, Vera Tembo-Chiluba, ministers’ spouses and some PF officials from Lusaka.
Others were the Provincial Minister, Freedom Sikazwe, Regional Permanent Secretary, Hlobotha Nkunika, Mungwi District Commissioner, Joyce Chanda and Council Secretary, Gladys Lilanda.
Later, Mrs Lungu and Paramount Chief Chitimukulu held private talks.
Mrs Lungu is in the province to check on women clubs in Mpulungu, Mbala, Mungwi and Kasama and has since left for Mbala.