United Party for National Development (UPND) president Hakainde Hichilema has writen to President Michael Sata appealing to him to refrain from threatening traditional leaders with degazeting and interfering in traditional affairs.
Hichilema has told President Sata that there was a growing chorus of voices acorss the country expressing deep disppointment and outrage at the strange behavior being exhibited by the Head State who has been harassing traditional leaders from the time he ascended to the presidency.
Hakainde said President Sata had made a policy to publicly humiliate and ridicule chiefs with whom he did not agree and that he had been involving himself in the internal traditional processes in their chiefdom.
The UPND leader who of late communicated with President Sata through letters said it was unbecoming of the Head of State to involve himself in the internal traditional processes in chiefdoms.
He said President Sata had publicly denounced the Litunga of the Lozi people of Western Province by accusing him of having stolen land from other chiefs in the region and given it to white people in exchange for an admiral uniform.
Hichilema said President Sata had also threatened to degazette Chiefs Nzamane and Madzimawe for merelt holding views that were different from those of the Head of State.
Hichilema reminded President Sata that he had also publcly abused Chief Jumbe by telling him he (Sata) was aware of what was happening in his bedroom.
Hichilema said President Sata had degazetted senior chief Mwamba of the Bemba people and that even after the Bashilubemba had enthroned senior chief Mwamba as Paramount Chief Chitimukulu, the Head of State had blocked his installation to the throne by deploying armed paramilitary police at his palace.
The UPND leader said President Sata’s administration had embraced a policy that was bringing the country’s presidency into public odium and disrepute.
Hichilema has advised President Sata to respect the will of the Bashilubemba and that he had caused a lot of anger among the people of Northern Province by refusing to recognise the Chitimukulu.