By FRANCINA PHIRI –
THE Zambian National Men’s Network has hailed Paramount Chief Mpezeni of the Ngoni people in Eastern Province for banning the display of breasts by women during this year’s N’cwala traditional ceremony.
Chief Mpezeni on Sunday, banned women and girls from exposing their breasts during this year’s ceremony slated for February 23 stating that it was an indecent cultural belief.
The Zambian National Men’s Network coordinator Nelson Banda said the chief’s decision was a good move as it would allow women to celebrate the ceremony with respect and dignity.
Mr Banda said in a statement yesterday that women should also embrace the ban as certain elements of culture were outdated and needed to be changed.
“As Men’s network we welcome Chief Mpezeni’s decision and this is the second progressive statement he has made recently, the first one being the appointment of Ms Mkwanda Sakala as chairperson of the N’cwala Traditional Ceremony National organizing Committee,” he said.
Mr Banda further commended the traditional leader for appointing Mr Sakala to his position that predominantly a preserve of men will inspire other women to aspire for leadership of this prestigious position.
He further called on other traditional leaders across the country to emulate Chief Mpezeni to ban practices that demean women.