Chief Mukuni annoys PF MPs


MANDEVU Member of Parliament Jean Kapata and Kabushi parliamentarian Bowman Lusambo have accused Senior Chief Mukuni of Livingstone of working with UPND leader Hakainde Hichilema to divide the nation on tribal lines.

And Patriotic Front (PF) Namwala constituency vice chairman Joseph Kasokota disclosed that he had been displaced because he was a Bemba by tribe.

Ms Kapata said she was upset with Chief Mukuni for saying that there was no violence in Namwala and that nobody had been displaced in the district.

Ms Kapata said this yesterday when Patriotic Front (PF) Members of Parliament mobilization committee for Namwala displaced people donated assorted goods worth K102,225 to 74 displaced families, who are currently camped at Namwala Secondary Boarding School.

She warned the traditional leader that he must expect ‘‘political backlash’’ for having decided to go partisan.

“If he wants to join politics, let him join but should watch his back because political bullets will meet him,” she said.

Ms Kapata, who is former minister of Tourism, said it was shameful for a traditional leader to tell a lie that there were no displaced people in Namwala.

“Chief Mukuni was reported in the media saying that the people of Namwala are safe. I am very upset with him and if I meet him I will tell him to his face,” Ms Kapata said.

She said Senior Chief Mukuni and a named Southern Province chief were currently lodging at Pamodzi hotel instead of using the money to help victims of the Namwala UPND political and tribal attacks.

Ms Kapata said Mr Hichilema was dividing the nation through the political and tribal attacks that erupted in Namwala, Chikankata and Choma districts following the declaration of President Edgar Lungu as winner of the August 11, 2016, general elections.

Ms Kapata said what had happened in Southern Province had the potential to divide the country across tribal lines.

And Kabushi MP-elect Bowman Lusambo has vowed that he will not allow Chief Mukuni and Mr Hichilema to divide the nation.

Speaking at the same function, Mr Lusambo said what happened in Southern Province was inhuman and that Mr Hichilema should be the one to blame.

Mr Lusambo told the victims that while they suffered displacement, Mr Hichilema and his vice president Geoffrey Bwalya Mwamba were enjoying their coffee at their residences in New Kasama and Kabulonga respectively.

Meanwhile, a PF Namwala constituency official, who thanked the MPs for the donations, explained that 74 families had been subjected to physical and mental torture by UPND supporters in Namwala for belonging to different tribal groupings and supporting the Patriotic Front candidate Lungu in the just ended polls.

“We Bembas are not wanted here because we supported President Lungu and the PF,” Mr Kasokota, a constituency vice chairman, said.