Introduction / History
The Lenje People are also called Bene Mukuni. They are believed to be among the first people to come to Zambia from the Cameroon region. They were led by a woman whose five children and a grandchild are the current chiefs of the Lenje people, Chief Mukuni Ng'ombe, Chief Liteta, Chief Mungule, Chief Chitanda and Mukubwe. The other two, Ng'abwe and Chamuka, were given chiefdom jurisdiction as a way of appreciating their loyalty to the expanse of the Lenje chiefdom. The great woman who is believed to have led this pilgrim was buried at what is called 'Likonde Lyabankanga' in the Chibombo district.
Where are they Located?
The Lenje are found in Central Province. The seven Lenje chiefdoms, however, are spread over three provinces: Lusaka, Central and Copperbelt.
What are Their Lives Like?
They are very proud keepers of cattle. Their main crops are millet and maize.
What are Their Beliefs?
They were believers in ancestral powers until recently when many became Christian believers. They also believe in unity and love for mankind. They fear their ancestors' wrath if they mistreat a fellow human being.
What are Their Needs?
They need more education and more of the word of God.
* Pray against poverty so that they may move from perpetual unimproved farms to a higher economic level.
* Pray that God will raise young men and women to get into the political front of this country.
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