Tuesday, 11 September 2018

ZAMBIA: Promoting Cultural Tourism In Zambia

North-western Province Permanent Secretary (PS), Ephraim Mateyo says traditional ceremonies have the potential to promote cultural tourism and bring a boost to individual and household income.

Mr. Mateyo was speaking at senior chief Mujimanzovu’s palace in Mushindamo district today when he officiated at this year’s Nkambi traditional ceremony of the kaonde speaking people.

PS said showcasing traditional crafts and other tangible performances is an effort to preserve and promote traditions and customs.

He encouraged local artisans to continue being innovative in order to attract local and international tourists as a way to generate local income.

Meanwhile, Senior Chief Mujimanzu urged his subjects to work hard to transform the chiefdom to better standards of living and eradicate poverty through self-empowerment.

Speaking through Nkambi National Chairperson Lemi Kajoba, the Chief told his subjects to take advantage of government supported programmes such as growing of cash crops, farming and small scale mining.

He however, appealed to government to revisit the boundaries of Solwezi and Mushindamo districts with regard to Mujimanzovu Chiefdom.

We strongly feel and believe Solwezi district is more appropriate for both historical tradition and proximity for easy access to the District Administration, Senior Chief Mujimanzovu said.

Meanwhile, Tourism and Arts Minister Hon. Charles Banda has implored Zambians in the diaspora to take keen interest in the tourism sector as it provides opportunities for diasporic populations to invest in tourism facilities and open up new and untapped tourist destinations to wider audiences.

The Minister was in Scotland attending the fourth Edinburgh International Culture Summit which brings together Culture Ministers, artists, thinkers and arts leaders from around the world to share ideas, expertise and best practice, with a view to inspiring positive change in cultural policy and investment.

The Summit which is titled: Culture Connecting Peoples and Places will address three areas of cultural debate – Culture in a Networked World; Culture and Investment; Culture and Wellbeing.

The summit includes 13 international youth delegates and 20 youth contributors participating in every aspect of the programme.

The Summit is a collaboration between the Scottish Government, UK Government, the British Council, Edinburgh International Festival and Scottish Parliament, delivered on behalf of the partners by the Edinburgh International Culture Summit Foundation.

The Minister said the Edinburgh International Culture Summit is an important event because it will enable Zambia to connect with other people and places.

And earlier on arrival, the Minister said tourism was an attractive and effective avenue for developing Zambia and called on all Zambians both home and away to be tourism marketing agents for the country.

We have a lot of work to do to place Zambia where it should be visible, and that visibility is not government’s responsibility alone, it is the responsibility of everyone who is a citizen of Zambia and belongs to the culture of Zambia.

The Government is looking for people especially Zambians in the diaspora who can come back home and help us put up infrastructure in the hospitality industry.

We need Hotels in Kasaba bay, in Kasama where we have the Chishimba Falls and Mbala where we have the Kalambo Falls, he said.

The Minister said if Zambians in the diaspora had capacity to put up Hotels in the hospitality industry, Government is going to assist them by giving them areas where they can invest because the conditions for investments were ripe for everyone who has the capacity to invest.

My appeal is that the diaspora must be there for us as our marketing agents. Zambians in United Kingdom must be in the forefront marketing Zambia in all aspects of our economic endeavors, which includes culture and tourism.

It is incumbent upon the diaspora to take keen interest in what the Zambian government is doing to develop the tourism sector as an economic venture which will help in the economic development of the country, he said.

The Minister said tourism is no longer a Social Ministry but an Economic Ministry because of the potential that it has to generate resources and create jobs.

We have promised the people of Zambia employment, but it is not possible to give everyone white collar jobs, what we need to is to create an environment where people can utilize and develop their talent and be in the informal sector.

President Lungu has directed everyone to contribute to the growth of Zambia no matter how little or how much one puts in, the aim is to ensure that we are lifting Zambia from the low levels of economic performance to high levels, he said.

Chisimba Falls is a waterfall located in Zambia. It is part of the Luombe River, which runs 7.2km from the Chilubula Mission in Kasama District.

Location directions: Drive from Kasama center on the M3 westbound for about 24km, then take the junction to the D20 road.

After 11km on the D20 follow the sign "Chishimba Falls 700m - National Monument" to the left.

A hydro-electric power plant (owned by ZESCO) is located above the falls.

Over a distance of 300m there are three successive falls:

Upper fall: Mutumuna Falls has a drop of 20m

Middle fall: Kayela Rapids

Lower fall: Main Fall, also called the Chishimba Fall with a drop of 30m

Here you can enjoy the scenic beauty of the riparian forest.

The Chishimba Fall belongs to the Monuments and Historic Sites of Zambia.

On the Eastern bank of the river just above the falls is a camp site. There is a rainforest on the Western Bank.

There are various trails and viewing points around the falls.

The Bemba people regard the Chishimba Falls as one of the most sacred places of power.

The nature spirit Chishimba resides in the cave below the falls which is a place of prayer and honour.

No insults, curses, words of vengeance or hatred may be uttered in the vicinity of the cave. You can walk behind the falls into this cave.

There is a hydroelectric diversion canal at the falls which helps provide power to Kasama and other neighbouring villages.

Mutumuna is above the Chishimba Falls and it is believed the spirit of Mutumuna resides here.

The High Priest of Mutumuna is Chitemenwe who makes regular offerings. Because of the sacred nature of the Falls no sexual intercourse, arrogance and quarrelsomeness is allowed in the vicinity of the Falls

Tourism Observer

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