It is disgraceful and heart breaking for the entire Paramount Chief Chitimukulu of the Bemba speaking people to be consigned to a grass thatched hut because President Michael Sata does not want him to ascend to power.
Chikondi Foundation president Bishop John Mambo and NAREP president Elias Chipimo have urged President Sata to heed the advice of the Catholic Bishops and the church to stop interfering in traditional affairs, and let Chitimukulu ascend to the status that his people have honoured him to occupy.
Chipimo said that the decision by the PF government to deploy police officers and barricade Paramount Chief Chitimukulu Kanyanta Manga ii from occupying his official palace in Malole was unwarranted and unacceptable.
He said that the continued harassment of Paramount Chief Chitimukulu was a scandal and must be stopped.
He said that it was not the duty of government to decide who becomes the Chitimukulu of the Bemba Speaking people of Kasama.
“This decision should be left for the Bemba people to choose their own chief. Government must leave the issues of tradition to the royal establishments. They should not interfere at all,” he said.
And Bishop Mambo said it was disgraceful for a whole Chief to live in a shack that was not even fit for a school boy.
The Chikondi Foundation president said that what was happening to Paramount Chief Chitimukulu was heart breaking and disgraceful and therefore should be stopped forthwith.
He said people need to start respecting traditional rulers, “treating leaders like this must stop.”
Bishop Mambo said that there was no joy in impoverishing traditional leaders, adding that the main duty of government was to ensure that all traditional leaders were taken care of.
“The PF government must not keep chiefs like they were councillors. What the government must know is that no one can write history without mentioning the Bemba’s.
He said it would be sad to celebrate 50 years of independence when such harassment was still happening to the traditional leaders.
Mambo said the church prays that President Sata could consider resolving the issue before Zambia celebrates its 50 independence anniversary.