Senior Chief Kanongesha of the Lunda people in Mwinilunga district in North-Western province has challenged Tourism and Arts Minister Sylvia Masebo to consider visiting the source of the famous mighty Zambezi River before the United World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) Conference takes place.

Directions to the source in Mwinilunga

Directions to the source in Mwinilunga

Senior Chief Kanongesha observed that Ms Masebo has concentrated too much on going to the Victoria Falls situated in the tourist capital Livingstone leaving out other significant tourist sites like the Zambezi source which is situated in the remote place.



“I’m appealing to Ms Masebo not to concentrate on the Victoria Falls but instead she should also deliberately visit other tourist sites like the Zambezi source which we have here. She should conduct a fact finding mission and come and see for herself what we are talking about,” Senior Chief Kanongesha said.

Senior Chief Kanongesha whose chiefdom is spread from Mwinilunga to newly created Ikelengi district boasted that other tourist sites included the Zambezi rapids, Zambezi thick forest and the Chisemwa Cha-Lunda traditional ceremony which is held annually.

He was speaking in an interview with ZANIS in Lusaka.

He observed that Zambezi source has been neglected by the Minister including other government officials and the media hence the need to highlight stories about it.

 Fast Facts about the Zambezi River:
 Fourth Longest River in Africa  Zambezi River
 Length  2574 Kilometres
 Basin  1 390 000 sq. kilometres
 Average Discharge  3400 cubic metres / second
 Source  Mwinilunga District in Zambia
 Number of Countries it runs through  6
 Meaning of “Zambezi”  River of good omens


Efforts to get a comment from Ms Masebo proved futile by press time.

The traditional leader however, disclosed that KR500,000 which was allocated to improve the Zambezi source has gone missing and called on government to immediately prosecute the corrupt officers.

Inspectors from the UNWTO headquarters in Madrid, Spain came to conduct and completed their mission to check on the progress of the UNWTO preparations by Zambia and Zimbabwe.

Recently, Information and Broadcasting Services Deputy Minister Mwansa Kapeya reiterated and declared that Zambia is ready to co-host the event.

The Zambian government has among other measures assured the delegates who will come to attend the conference that there will be fast and reliable internet services so as to improve connectivity in the host cities of Livingstone and Victoria Falls town.

A man scoops water right at the source of the mighty Zambezi river

A man scoops water right at the source of the mighty Zambezi river

The successful co-hosting of the event by Zambia and Zimbabwe in August this year would tremendously impact on the promotion of tourism.

Zambia and Zimbabwe are co-hosting the 20th UNWTO General Assembly from 24th August to 29th August, 2013 in Livingstone and Victoria Falls towns.

This is the second time the General Assembly is being hosted in Africa. Senegal was the first African country to host the similar tourism event.

More than 5 000 delegates are expected at the event which is one of the biggest tourism gatherings in the world.


Date: 13 May 2013