Police officers deployed in Kasama in the Northern Province to arrest anybody attempting to install Henry Sosala as Paramount Chief Chitimukulu must be withdrawn from the region because they are interfering with marriages, parliament has learnt.
Contributing to the 2014 budgetary debate, Lubansenshi Member of Parliament Patrick Mucheleka pleaded with the Patriotic Front (PF) government to withdraw the police officers from the region because they were causing trouble to marriages in the area.
Mucheleka informed parliament yesterday that officers deployed in Kasama and villages in Chitimukulu area were causing trouble in marriages and complained that sooner rather than later, reports of sexually transmitted diseases, pregnancies and domestic violence would be recorded.
“I want to make a very passionate appeal to the PF government to withdraw the police officers you have deployed at the palace. You will be called to account soon because that act is encouraging a lot of social vices such as domestic violence. Soon or later, you will be hearing about diseases, pregnancies that will be coming out of that area. The police are interfering with people s’ marriages because they do not know why they are there. Please withdraw them,” said Mucheleka.
And Mucheleka told parliament that the Bemba speaking people of Kasama did not want to fight the Patriotic Front government over Paramount Chief Chitimukulu.
“We do not want to fight with you because the issue of Paramount Chief Chitimukulu is a non issue for the PF and they must withdraw police officers they have deployed in Kasama. The Bemba people have decided and it is not for the PF government to decide who must be the Chitimukulu. There are matters that you should be able to deal with and not the issue of the Chitimukulu, leave that issue to us the Bembas we know what we want,” said Mucheleka.
He warned that there was no need for the PF to throw themselves into the Bemba issues because there was a traditional authority which was conversant with the procedure, tradition and culture on how to appoint and install Chitimukulu.
“There are matters that need competent traditional authorities. You must stop but we are watching you very closely. And if we do not respond, do not think that we are weak. It is not a sign of weakness. We are just peace loving people. You will be held to account over your action in the Bemba land soon and that time of reckoning is coming,” he warned.