Leading communications solutions provider MTN Zambia has donated K20, 000 towards the hosting of this year’s Kazanga Kabombo Traditional ceremony of the Nkoya people in North-western Province.
In a statement issued today, MTN Zambia Chief Executive Officer Abdul Ismail said the company is a proud sponsor of the ceremony as part of its corporate social investment programme to preserve the country’s cultural heritage.
This is the third time that MTN Zambia is sponsoring the Kazanga Kabombo ceremony. Mr. Ismail said MTN’s sponsorship of this year’s traditional ceremonies is also meant to thank all Zambians from various walks of life for making MTN Zambia’s number one communications company with the largest market share. “You may be pleased to note that our sponsorship this year has increased to include publicity of the ceremony. We believe that publicising the ceremony will help create awareness and excitement among members of the public. MTN Zambia has a footprint across the country and owes it to all Zambians for making the company the industry leader. We have lined up a number of activities across the country among them sponsorship of traditional ceremonies just to say thank you for making us number one.‘
He added that MTN Zambia will continue to upgrade its network across the country in order to give all its customers affordable world class quality communications solutions, and that MTN Zambia supports government’s efforts to connect chiefdoms under the Universal Access Initiative saying this will spur development in far flung areas.
Meanwhile, MTN Zambia has implored the organisers of the Kazanga Kabombo ceremony to take advantage of government’s commitment to promoting tourism.
“MTN Zambia is delighted in government’s policy on tourism. Organisers of the Kazanga ceremony must embrace this government position and exploit it to the benefit of not only the ceremony but Zambia as a whole. Stakeholders such as yourselves must therefore support government’s position on tourism. Traditional ceremonies make up a big component of Zambia’s tourism package and therefore they must be well-managed if we are to make the desired impact on the global tourism landscape,” he said.
MTN Zambia handed over the K20,000.00 cheque to Kazanga Kabombo Ceremony Organising Committee Chairman Yamfwa Mukanga at the company’s head office in Lusaka. Mr. Mukanga who is also Minister of Transport, Works, Supply and Communications said the ceremony is all about praising God for the good harvest. He also emphasised the need to preserve Zambia’s cultural heritage. “Ladies and gentlemen, allow me to use this platform to confirm we shall also continue to upgrade our network across the country in order to give all our customers affordable world class quality communications solutions. Further, you may wish to know that MTN Zambia supports government’s efforts to connect chiefdoms under the Universal Access Initiative. This will spur development in far flung areas.
That said, I wish to state that MTN Zambia will be present at this year’s Kazanga Kabombo ceremony. We shall ensure uninterrupted communication services for the locals and travelling tourists alike”.
The Kazanga Kabompo ceremony of the Nkoya people in North-western province is taking place from 20th May to 31st May 2015. It is hosted in Kabompo, home of Africa’s deepest river the Kabompo river.