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No changes, the guest of honor at Kuomboka is Chitimukulu – BRE

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The Barotse Royal Establishment has reaffirmed it’s decision to have the Bemba Chief, Paramount Chitimukulu as Guest of Honor at this Saturday Koumboka traditional ceremony of the Lozi people.

There are reports of government trying to talk to the BRE to have President Hakainde Hichilema as Guest of Honor.

But the BRE has maintained that Paramount Chitimukulu will be the Guest of Honor.

Addressing the press ahead of the Koumboka traditional ceremony today, BRE Ngambela said the advance part of the Paramount have already arrived in Mongu.

The relationship between the Hichilema administration and the BRE soured following President Hichilema’s remarks that there is no place called Barotseland.

This saw a former Prime Minister of the BRE quit his position from Government as Chairman of Teaching Commission of Zambia.

And the opposition PeP leader Sean Tembo has advised President Hichilema to respect the decision of the BRE.

Tembo alleged that President Hichilema was harassing the BRE leadership over the Guest of Honor decision.

Below is the statement;

1. As Patriots for Economic Progress (PeP) we are saddened by reports that President Hakainde Hichilema has been sending numerous Government officials to harass the Barotse Royal Establishment (BRE) over their decision to invite Mwine Lubemba Paramount Chief Chitimukulu as the Guest of Honor at this year’s Kuomboka Traditional Ceremony, as the President feels that it is him that must be the Guest of Honor.

2. It must be noted that this ceremony is owned, planned and managed by the BRE, therefore any decisions that the BRE makes as to who should be Guest of Honor, must be respected without question by all stakeholders including President Hakainde Hichilema and his Government.

3. Additionally, we wish to remind Mr. Hakainde Hichilema that there is no law in Zambia that makes it mandatory for traditional ceremonies to always designate the Head of State as the Guest of Honor.

4. Lastly, we wish to advise President Hakainde Hichilema to embrace humility and attend this year’s Kuomboka Traditional Ceremony as a common guest, so that he can appreciate and learn from the joint efforts of His Majesty the Litunga and Paramount Chief Chitimukulu to unite the country through cultural exchanges.

ISSUED BY:

Sean E. Tembo (SET)
Party President
Patriots for Economic Progress (PeP)
Lusaka, Zambia.

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