Tradional leaders still important
A 'chief', or traditional leader in Zambia is a person who controls an area, a chiefdom, in accordance with traditional laws and rules.
"Politicians and traditional leaders should collaborate more. It would really strengthen democracy in Zambia.", says Patience Mususa to the magazine 'Forskning & Framsteg' (Research & Progress). Patience Mususa is Zambian and researcher at the Nordic Africa Institute.
All Zambians belong to a chiefdom, their original village, were their friends and family come from. The traditional justice is appreciated by many Africans. In the Afrobarometer, a survey conducted in 2008-09 in almost all African countries south of the Sahara, a majority of respondents said that chiefs have a large or some influence over how society is governed. Almost four out of ten believe that the chiefs have the main responsibility for resolving local conflicts.