THE Ngoni community in Lusaka on Saturday bade farewell to Paramount Chief Mpezeni’s spokesperson and former permanent secretary in the Ministry of foreign affairs, George Zulu, who has been sent into the Foreign Service in Australia.
Chairperson of the Ngoni impis based in Lusaka, Max Nhkuwa described Mr Zulu as a caring and loving man whose presence will be greatly missed in the country.
“Mr Zulu was a kachele (shelter) to us. His door was always open to anyone of us, even if we are not his relatives. And most of all, he promoted the upholding of mwambo (culture),” Mr Nhkuwa said.
Kwezenaki Ngoma who has participated in organising the Nc’wala ceremony in the last 40 years, said Mr Zulu has been a key person in ensuring that the Ngoni culture is preserved.
Mr Ngoma, 78, said Mr Zulu has been promoting unity among the people and ensuring that Ngonis throughout the country uphold their traditions and culture.
And addressing the people that gathered for the farewell ceremony that was characterised by singing and dancing, Mr Zulu assured them that President Lungu has the interests of chiefs at heart because they are a vital part of local governance.
“The President told me to tell paramount Chief Mpezeni that he must not worry that one of his lower indunas, has been deployed into Foreign Service,” he said.
Mr Zulu has been sent to open a mission in Australia.
“When Nkosi (Mpezeni) heard that I have been transferred, he was not happy and even stopped eating. I informed the President about it and he assured me that Nkosi must not worry.”
“President Lungu told me to tell Nkosi that he is also his son and so he must not be distressed. I delivered the message and our chief is now happy,” Mr Zulu said.
Mr Zulu encouraged Ngonis for support President Lungu because he means well for the nation.
“Love President Lungu. Give him love. We must ensure that he continues to govern this nation,” he said.
Mr Zulu expressed gratitude that President Lungu found it fit to include him in his administration.