Chief Mpezani questioned for banning campaigns

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File: Paramount Chief Mpezeni during N'cwala

File: Paramount Chief Mpezeni during N’cwala

Paramount Chief Mpezeni of the Ngoni people in Eastern Province has banned holding of unauthorised political rallies in his chiefdom.

ZNBC reports that Chief Mpezani was speaking when he addressed over 100 village headmen and indunas at his palace. He said he had banned unauthorised rallies in his territory because some political leaders lack respect for traditional leaders.

The Paramount Chief who has aligned himself to the ruling PF noted that some politicians had a tendency of insulting chiefs whenever they held political rallies, a move he described as painful and disrespectful.

The traditional leader charged that such behaviour is what led him to call for a meeting with his subordinate chiefs and headmen.

Reacting to the Paramount Chief’s decision, Governance expert Isaac Mwanza says:

I have deep respect for my paramount Chief Inkosi yama Nkosi Mpezeni IV. However I need to mention that these kind of pronouncements from my Chief and the reason for banning political meetings is very worrying.

The police are already struggling to understand that the law does not require them to “authorise” rallies. People are supposed to notify the police and not to get the permits.

Second, as a loyal subject, I don’t like it when people insult the royal establishment. I actually don’t like it when politicians are insulting each other using the freedom of expression. I just pray that my chiefs will remain neutral and none partisan as they have stated. This will help them not to be targets of campaigns and ridicule especially by other citizens on social media.

Chiefs however play a very big part in the development of their areas and I feel sad when I go back home and see how, if their voice is not heard by politicians, our areas remain underdeveloped. It’s inexcusable that politicians want the support of chiefs during campaigns but they didn’t value their advice during the adoption process of Parliamentary candidates. Sad!


11 Responses to Chief Mpezani questioned for banning campaigns

  1. Mpezeni wants his people to disrespect him. People defy his orders and travel miles to attend UPND rallies with or without Mpezeni s authority.

    June 11, 2016 at 9:39 pm

  2. I think Mpezeni is one of the very dull chiefs we ever had in Zambia.Allow all political parties to campaign and hold rallies.

    June 12, 2016 at 1:32 am

  3. That’s why he is called Inkosi ya maKoswe.

    Buck Teeth Lungu
    June 12, 2016 at 4:31 am

  4. With such insults from cadres here, the chief surely has the right

    mj banda
    June 12, 2016 at 4:57 am

    • The Nkosi cannot stop citizens from campaigning in zambia. Chiefs are supposed to be neutral

      June 12, 2016 at 2:40 pm

  5. It is a very sad development, but it doesn’t hold water, a ploy meant to save the pf from total collapse and embarrass Lungu from the UPND pounding in his bedroom. Subjects have from to campaign and attend rallies of their choice. Mpezeni is the most dull of chiefs I live to see, he’s a wako ni wako political cadre for pf. Now that it’s obvious that pf will lose the forthcoming general elections people of this chiefdom will eventually feel neglected and embarrassed – the cause is cadre Mpezeni.
    I urge all change-oriented citizens of this area to ignore this lunatic introvert and go by their civil rights and dictates of their human rights, not as imposed by one egocentric person. Love it or not pf has and is still losing grounds even in Eastern Province where Lungu thought the wako ni wako syndrome would work in his favor.

    Memphis Shew
    June 12, 2016 at 5:05 am

  6. Respect is earned not forced on people iwe mpezeni. When you align yourself with a particular political party you lose respect of your people. Just concentrate on taking your ARVs.

    June 12, 2016 at 6:22 am

    • I thought it was only syphilis that is affecting his reasoning.

      June 12, 2016 at 7:59 am

  7. Every doctor will tell u that the behaviour of Mupezeni is very consistent with the effects of Litapen taken over a long period of time due to resistant syphilis. Litapen is an injectable drug for sexually transmitted diseases. It is usually given to patients suffering from a combination of syphilis and gonorhea. If you are a medical student specialising in STDs and want to write a thesis of the effects of the same, then start documenting Mupezeni’s behaviour.

    June 12, 2016 at 8:38 am

  8. wena Mpezeni shut up! waona manje matenda yako yacoka pabwelu.So osakamba maningi tizakumanga. Titenga boma kwa munthu Wako lungu manje so. Ni Zambia ya nyoko?

    Barotse Buffalo
    June 12, 2016 at 11:24 am

  9. Sad development. Where are the seniors chiefs like Nzamane to advise this man. Why is Mpezeni behaving like a cadre from Malawi? He must be behind those foreigners that have been registering as voters in the East.

    June 12, 2016 at 12:07 pm

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