Photo: In the photo is Hon Chitotela and his counter part in charge of Energy, Hon Mathew Nkhuwa dancing with the Impis and or Ngoni dancers from Paramount Chief Mpezeni.
The Zambian Government says it is committed in ensuring that the arts and culture industry in Zambia is given the same level of attention as the other sectors.
Minister of Tourism and Arts Hon Ronald Chitotela said this in Mwansabombwe where he attended the Umutomboko Ceremony of the Lunda People of Chief Mwata-Kazembe in Luapula Province. The Minister has alluded to the fact that Culture has always played a pivotal role in our daily lives as it reminds us of our origin and set up. Mr Chitotela emphasised that culture and Art are actually an important part of tourism as many international visitors and tourists are desirous to learn the origin and beliefs of the Zambian people.
In the same vein, the Tourism and Arts Minister who took office last week has said Art has been one of the best ways of communicating about various issues surrounding our communities hence the need to solidify and revamp the industry as a matter of urgency. Hon Chitotela has since promised to engage the National Arts Council(NAC), NAMA and many other Arts Associations to find an amicable way forward of reviving the Art Industry which has seen set backs in the recent past.
Hon Chitotela who is also Pambashe Member of Parliament did remind Zambians that the Ministry he is over seeing is not Ministry of Tourism, it is infact Ministry of Tourism and Arts hence the need to promote Art as well.