Chief Nalubamba refuses to meet President Lungu

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Chief Nalubamba

SENIOR Chief Bright Nalubamba has claimed that President Edgar Lungu has been sending emissaries to arrange a meeting with him. Nalubamba has however said he will only do so on condition that the Head of State dialogues with incarcerated UPND leader Hakainde Hichilema.

He said in an interview that traditional leaders must be taken seriously in efforts to foster peace and unity in the country.

President Edgar Lungu has been sending emissaries to me for a meeting and I was surprised why he did not come to Mbeza when he visited Itezhi-tezhi and chief Chikanta’s area on Tuesday [over a week ago]. Please tell him that I am ready to meet him. If he had come to see me, I was going to demand that I also see HH and set up a meeting for the two, either separately or at the same time,

Nalubamba said.

“My message is that I am available and only if he (President Lungu) agrees that I also see HH. I was delighted when I was told that the President was coming to see me. So I am inviting him and HH to meet me on separate days or at the same time. If President Lungu chooses separate days, I then would suggest that I see him (President Lungu) first then later HH. I want to see how the two leaders can help Zambia achieve peace and stability. After that I will want the church to come in and help us so that the country does not collapse just due to President Lungu or HH’s selfish ambitions.”

He added that he should not be ignored in his quest to help foster peace and unity in the country. Chief Nalubamba said he would keep quiet if President Lungu told him that he does not need his counsel.

We as chiefs are not small anthills, we have wisdom. After all, we have a saying in Tonga that even a small mound or anthill can bring out wisdom. So I am not a small person but if President Lungu says he has bigger brains, then I will say that I give up,

he said.

Chief Nalubamba added that he did not believe people who wanted to isolate Dr Kenneth Kaunda from the current political situation in the country.

Dr Kaunda is not too old, his voice of wisdom is alive and must be heard. I remember that in the UNIP era, he was very annoyed when he heard that I was stopped from travelling to Germany and Sweden on separate occasions just because the intelligence wing thought I was a danger to the state because I was seen visiting Mungoni Liso, who was my cousin. My passport was confiscated but KK intervened, alas I was not able to travel to the two training workshops because I was late. This is true leadership that must be emulated,

said chief Nalubamba who further said it was sad that some PF leaders were calling for killing of Zambians for perceived anarchy.

Home affairs minister Stephen Kampyongo and his energy counterpart David Mabumba told parliament before it adjourned that the best way to deal with those burning public infrastructure was to kill them and not take them to court.


12 Responses to Chief Nalubamba refuses to meet President Lungu

  1. How many times we Zambians ,we are going to make mistakes all time by choosing dictators. In the by election I chose Lungu because had different characters than the rest.
    Now we are in for it , let all loving Zambians to re write the constitution that can cartel the powers of the executive.

    July 24, 2017 at 1:14 pm

  2. Chief Nalubamba should behave like an adult.I do not think that by inviting him to have a meeting with President Lungu then it means Lungu was desperate.It is a fact that the only top Administrator this country has is President Lungu.So Bright Nalubamba was ill advised to start publicly putting preconditions for him to accept a Presidential invitation which I must state does not come easily anywhere in the world.The lamentations he has put forth could easily have been tabled during his meeting with the President.I thought he could have learnt a lesson from the misconduct of one of the top Archbishops who thought holding a Press briefing would be the best strategy to move the authority to perform some demands.This backfired just as Bright’s refusal to accept a Presidential invitation will backfire.Lets wait and see.

    Joseph Chawina
    July 24, 2017 at 1:28 pm

  3. The Senior Chief is talking about leadership – and yet he completely failed the leadership test in this case.

    July 24, 2017 at 1:45 pm

  4. That is what self reliant traditional leaders do. They don’t depend on hand-outs from government like Chief Chikanta. That is why they are able to say what is on their mind.

    July 24, 2017 at 2:13 pm

    • He is a very unwise chief to say the least. Which mature person goes on an anthill and starts exposing such things. You express your concerns in confidence. Anyway, he is a Tonga chief who like most chiefs dont think beyond HH. Try and learn something from the Litunga

      July 24, 2017 at 5:03 pm

  5. Government come and go but Chiefdoms are forever.

    Senior Headman
    July 24, 2017 at 3:44 pm

    • There are no Chiefs in Tanzania – and I think in Rwanda. One day they will disappear everywhere but Governments will be there.

      July 26, 2017 at 7:22 am

  6. Democracy, real democracy depends on the wishes of free men and not slaves or dependants or employees,or men and women of straw! Southern Province votes without the influence of jobs or handouts. Viva Nalubamba, Viva Southern Province people, you exercise free will because you depend on yourselves and not government!
    Let us fight for complete decentralisation so that we can make own decisions not influenced by corruption.

    July 24, 2017 at 3:46 pm

  7. Chiefs by nature are tribalistic. Nalubamba sees everything Tonga. He is from the old breed that will die with tribalism. Yet the world is moving on. I know so many of my friends, who not only have mixed heritage but they themselves have married outside their tribe. The Zambia that is here Chief Nalubamba is different, please move on. Lungu is president of Zambia, not only for Bembas and Ngonis but for Tongas as well. Nalubamba just like HH is missing great opportunity to meet Lungu. How does he champion the situation for HH if he does not meet him? Zambia is slowly overtaking people of Nalubamba’s and Mukuni’s caliber. Get on with it Chief!

    Mutinta Mbewe
    July 24, 2017 at 5:28 pm

  8. Not every Zambian feels indebted to presidents.
    These people kneel to beg for votes and when they get them they quickly turn around to mock the voters.
    It is people like you who turn our elected leaders into our masters and slave drivers
    Leave Chief Nalubamba alone.
    Tongas are not tribalists.
    Did not Easterners vote overwhelmingly for ECL?
    HH was overwhelmingly voted for by Lundas, Luvales, Tongas, Kaondes, Lozis, and increased his votes among Bembas and Easterners.
    The petition brought great fear in PF and this fear is still being demonstrated by the incarceration of HH on trumped treason charges!!
    KK would have called the PF leadership “frightened little men”.

    Nothing lasts forever!!

    Hypocrites shall silhouette!!
    May God deliver all of you.

    Concerned citizen
    July 25, 2017 at 1:29 am

  9. What is the Chief trying to say or is it the author of this misleading people.The chief has refused to meet the president and the the same chief getting supprised why the president did not visit him when he went to itezhi tezhi.I can see the chief wanted but coz was not visited bayamba boza.Read the article@ please tell him that I am ready to meet him.grow up guyz u are such a small fish to start putting up conditions. How many of such have been put just humble yourself

    July 25, 2017 at 11:57 am

  10. kkkkk, there goes Mr Nalubamba

    July 26, 2017 at 7:09 am

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