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Chieftains urged to back Government initiatives

Wed, 25 Apr 2018 19:01 - Updated Wed, 25 Apr 2018 19:01

Minister of culture Carolina Cerqueira (C), meets with traditional authorities

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Luanda - Angola's minister of Culture Carolina Cerqueira Tuesday in Luanda called for active participation and commitment by the traditional authorities in support for the State institutions in solution to pressing issues of communities, in close collaboration with the Executive.

This was during an audience granted to the traditional leaders.

The minister said that chieftains play an important role in communities such as the implementation of citizenship education programmes.

The official also praised the commitment of the traditional leaders to the promotion of a culture of peace and tolerance, and the training of youth, the recovery of civic and moral values, preservation and dissemination of the culture, habits and customs of the people, according to the laws in force.

The official also urged for participation in public awareness campaigns in the field of vaccination, basic sanitation, literacy and other social projects aimed at the progress and well-being of the population.

To Carolina Cerqueira, traditional authorities should defend and convey good customs, helping to combat procedures that disrupt the law and the exercise of responsible citizenship, habits and customs.

She also asked for the support of traditional leaders in combating religious practices contrary to Angolans' way of living, and undermine the well-being of the population, human dignity and the exercise of religious freedom in accordance with the law.

In turn, the president of the group, João Mbala, expressed the readiness of the traditional authorities to collaborate with the Executive.

He welcomed the fact that they are currently working under the Ministry of Culture.