South Africa's ruling Africa National Congress (ANC) president Jacob Zuma has said African leaders should use political independence to unite and reconnect people of southern Africa, Zambia Daily Mail reported on Sunday.
Speaking on Saturday when he officiated at a traditional cultural ceremony in Eastern Province of Zambia, Zuma said the relationship of countries in the Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) would be more meaningful if the people at grassroots are able to interact through traditional ceremonies.
The ANC leader thanked Zambia President Rupiah Banda for facilitating his attendance at the ceremony, according to the newspaper.
"It is important to reconnect and ensure that relations are further strengthened for the better of all people in Africa," he said.
Meanwhile, Zuma challenged African leaders to ensure there is an equal distribution of wealth among people in their countries.
He said this can be done when there is equal access to market from international bodies such as SADC.
For his part, Banda, who also attended the ceremony, said a human being is considered a person if he is properly cultured.
He said a society that makes people loose their culture destroys the dignity and self-esteem of any ethnic group.
It was important for every ethnic group to preserve and strengthen its tradition and culture in order to maintain its identity wherever its people are.
The President said the coming of Zuma will strengthen the already existing cultural and political ties that Zambia has with South Africa.