By STEPHANIE KUNDA -
FORMER Zambia Daily Mail deputy managing director Davis Mataka has been elected chairperson of the Malambo Culture and Development Association
Mr Mataka and his new Lusaka executive were ushered into office at the weekend during the association’s annual general meeting at Longacres Lodge in Lusaka.
Mr Mataka, in his acceptance speech, said the Luangwa Valley was the last bastion of real big game in the country and there was need to work with stakeholders to harness the tourism and economic potential and benefits that accrue to the locals and the nation at large.
He said he understood the challenges that the Kunda people endured and his association would work to improve their livelihoods.
He also noted that the Malambo area had a rich and diverse culture and heritage spanning hundreds of years that needed to be nurtured, preserved and showcased.
Mr Mataka said preparations for this year’s Malaila cultural ceremony would start in earnest to ensure success.
Others elected to the Lusaka committee were former Lusaka mayor Mike Mposha as vice chairperson, Jones Mpakateni (secretaty), Kaweche Kaunda (treasurer), deputy treasurer Sanga Mataka, publicity secretary Brian Mambwe, deputy publicity secretary Loyce Mkwayaya and Ballad Zulu as one of the committee members.
The MCDA seeks to enhance the cultural values and propagate development of the Kunda people of the Luangwa Valley.